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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Chauvin appeals

Even the trial judge in the recently concluded case admitted there were some grounds for appeal in the case of Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was the officer who allegedly had the knee on the neck of one George Floyd and he was convicted for being the cause of Floyd's death when he was in Chauvin's custody.

As I see on Instapundit the headline Derek Chauvin requests new trial, claims jury misconduct from the N.Y. Post

The lawyer for ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is requesting a new trial in the death of George Floyd — claiming the guilty verdict against his client was tainted by a threatened and “intimidated” jury.

In papers filed Tuesday in Hennepin County Court, attorney Eric Nelson argues that Chauvin’s murder trial should have been moved to a different city, and said publicity surrounding the trial was “pervasive” and “prejudicial.”

“The court abused its discretion when it failed to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial, or in the least, admonish them to avoid all media, which resulted in jury exposure to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings,” Nelson wrote, “as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors….”

Nelson also accused prosecutors and Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill of “multiple errors in these proceedings,” which he said deprived Chauvin of a fair trial.

We shall see if Chauvin will be successful in his appeals. Chauvin has a right to a fair trial and I hate to see a man even if guilty essentially railroaded by the criminal justice system. A lot of people wanted Chauvin to be guilty, however, in my mind there is some reasonable doubt that he's directly responsible for Floyd's death.

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