The authorized crew for Derek Chauvin filed a movement for a brand new trial for the former Minneapolis police officer on Tuesday (May 4) within the loss of life of George Floyd.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, filed the movement “on the grounds of juror misconduct, and argued that the court abused its discretion for failing to agree to the defense’s requests for a change of venue and sequestering the jury,” based on WCCO-TV.
The misconduct cost got here after a photograph surfaced not too long ago from August 2020 of Brandon Mitchell, 31, a juror in Chauvin’s homicide trial. The Minneapolis highschool basketball coach was photographed in Washington, D.C., whereas he was attending the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He was standing subsequent to 2 relations carrying a black T-shirt with an image of Martin Luther King Jr. with the phrases “Get your knee off our necks,” in addition to a black baseball cap with the letters “BLM” (for Black Lives Matter), based on The Washington Post.
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In his juror questionnaire, Mitchell reportedly wrote that he had not attended any police brutality protests. Mitchell informed WCCO-TV, a CBS news affiliate, Monday (May 3) that he was on the march in assist of ramping up voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election.
“Either way, I was going to D.C., for this event, even if George Floyd was still alive,” Mitchell informed WCCO-TV.
In response to the movement, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison late Tuesday afternoon launched an announcement, rejecting the arguments: “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them,” the report notes.
The date for Chauvin’s sentencing is scheduled for June 25.
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On April 20, 2021, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter after he knelt on Floyd’s neck for greater than 9 minutes on May 25, 2020. He was convicted after a two-week trial and roughly 10 hours of deliberation by the jury.
Peter Cahill, the choose within the homicide trial, has been deliberating the size of Chauvin’s sentencing and figuring out whether or not any aggravating elements existed through the homicide. Chauvin may withstand 40 years in jail.