Judge Peter Cahill acknowledged that Waters might have given the defense an argument to use for an appeal, and scolded her for making "disrespectful" and "abhorrent" comments on the case, but did not feel that the issue rose to the level that would require a mistrial.
"Well, I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trail being overturned", Cahill responded.
Asked about the curfew put in place, Waters said, "I don't think anything about curfew".
The incident triggered days of protests in a state already on high alert pending the verdict in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, an unarmed black man past year. The congresswoman denied in a subsequent interview that she was encouraging violence, but the remarks come at a time of huge national tension amid several high-profile killings of Black people at the hands of police officers and as American cities brace for a fresh wave of protests as the Chauvin trial nears a close.
"A congresswoman's opinion doesn't matter a whole lot", he added, denying Nelson's motion for a mistrial.
"I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that's going on, I'm talking about speaking up", she said.
A spokesperson for Waters did not return Fox News' request for comment.
After her statement, members of the National Guard were attacked with gunfire by rioters in Minneapolis.
Waters' comments over the weekend drew swift criticism from several Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Texas Sen.
Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) said Democrats' refusal to punish Waters is hypocritical.
Republicans called for a congressional censure of Ms Waters, but Democrats said she had no reason to apologise.
"It is hard to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders not so subtly that this defendant better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets", McConnell said. She is one of the most prominent voices of progressives in the House, affectionately known as "Auntie Maxine" among her supporters.
"We're looking for a guilty verdict and we're looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd".
In February, Greene was stripped of her committee from assignments on the education and budget committees because of violent and incendiary comments she's made, including her endorsement of the assassination of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "They've handled this with great dignity, and no ambiguity or lack of misinterpretation by the other side", Pelosi said.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.