A central tenet of the nation’s criminal justice system “is that jurors make their decisions solely based on the evidence presented. Politicians who comment during pending trials often interfere with that essential process,” Eiglarsh adds, weighing in on the controversy of Rep. Maxine Waters, President Joe Biden and others voicing their views about the highly publicized trial.
Eiglarsh knows what it’s like: He represents Scot Peterson, the Florida school security officer ridiculed as the “Coward of Broward” – and charged with seven counts of felony neglect of a child – for not doing more to stop the gunman who killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018.
Then-President Donald Trump called Peterson a “coward” who “did a poor job.” The remarks, made at a Conservative Political Action Conference speech, don’t exactly help Peterson get a fair trial, Eiglarsh says.
Biden on Tuesday was far more circumspect, affirming Tuesday that he had spoken to the family of George Floyd, the man Chauvin is accused of murdering. But he hinted strongly at how he wished the matter to end.