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TODD: Just imagine the jury room and imagine the emotion and the concern, because there was not just Maxine Waters — and we will get into Maxine Waters. You will hear Rush explain (chuckles) Maxine Waters and how to deal with her. You’ll also hear Rush explain the psychology behind riots, which any thinking person expects. I just take myself inside this jury room and what they have to walk through.
The jury instructions are on the charge with which Maxine Waters has demanded a conviction lest there’s more “confrontational” tactics. And, by the way, she’s being defended. There are (laughing) members of the mockingbird media — we’ll get to this — who have jumped to their offense. “Of course we should be more confrontational!” So I take myself inside this jury room as they’re told Maxine Waters, a U.S. representative, has basically said, “Your cities will burn unless I see a second-degree murder conviction.”
And then there’s the rule of the law and the jury guidance we shared with you yesterday. Second-degree murder involves someone who unwittingly causes the death of another while engaged in a felony. I don’t think Derek Chauvin was engaged in a felony. Then I think of the jury balancing two potential tragedies. One is convicting Derek Chauvin of a crime he did not commit.
I’m not saying that there aren’t lesser charges that they can consider. But Maxine Waters has said it’s all-in or the cities burn. That’s effectively the message she sent. It’s had an effect on the trial. You’ll hear from the judge. Not in this trial, but he said this may give grounds for an appeal. This may give grounds to toss the whole thing out. I think of the participants. I think of the defense attorney.
Just imagine this. Just remember this. When we had people who are likely terrorists and turned out to be terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, there was a contest between the big, important law firms with the beautiful marble floors — and they are gorgeous floors, and they keep ’em so clean and tidy. And the views from the conference rooms, they’re stunning. They had a contest.
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