Derek Chauvin is a former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted in the murder of George Floyd. He seeks a new trial.
William Mohrman (Chauvin’s attorney) filed Monday an 82-page brief arguing that his client could not get a fair trial in Minneapolis given the tension surrounding the proceedings as well as the pre-trial publicity.
He stated that the media coverage of Floyd’s case “glorified Floyd” and “demonized Chauvin.”
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Mohrman also claimed that jurors were concerned about their safety and those of their loved ones, as well as the potential consequences if Chauvin was acquitted. Following Floyd’s death, there were massive protests across the country and rioting in many other cities. Sometimes these clashes resulted in violent clashes among law enforcement and demonstrators.
Derek Chauvin seeks a new trial one year after being convicted of George Floyd’s death. (AP)
“Juror No. “Juror No.87” stated that she was nervous because it was a high-profile case and Minneapolis ‘blew out after the incident. “Juror 28 stated that ‘the jury’s decision has possibly wider implications, reactions of the general public’ and that ‘knowing the people, general population, is paying more attention to it and more pressure to get it right’.”
Mohrman also claimed jurors weren’t sequestered because tensions flared over the killing of Daunte Wright by police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, during the trial.
Chauvin’s legal team also suggested that the trial should be moved to another county. In April 2021, he was convicted and sentenced to 22.5 year imprisonment. He also pleaded guilty federal charges of depriving Floyd his civil rights.
The trial of the three other former Minneapolis officers, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane, is scheduled for May 2020.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota, provided this combination of photos on June 3, 2020. It shows, left to right, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP. File
A Hennepin County judge stated Tuesday that he would not allow live streaming of the upcoming proceedings.