“The jury has spoken,” said the vice president, adding that the “serious damage” that conviction would do to “the vast majority of the jury members” was another reason why the verdict was troubling.
“We will respect the decision of the jury, but our concerns about this verdict are profound,” Mr. Biden said. “We believe this was an attack on our shared values.”
Miss Harris said she believed that “women’s rights are being trampled” and asserted that she and her husband had been “lied to” by a prosecutor who told them they had an “absolute right” to bring civil lawsuits against the officer.
The vice president reiterated that the Constitution gives those who feel they have been unlawfully harmed the “absolute right” to sue.
“It is about the rule of law and the presumption of innocence,” Mr. Biden said. “That is why today’s verdict is troubling and unacceptable. I hope the prosecutor does everything in his power to ensure justice.”
Calling the conviction “an affront to the equal rights of women,” the vice president said he hoped the “prudent prosecutor” in the case would look again at what went wrong and try to ensure that “American law will protect all of our rights, regardless of who we are or where we come from.”