Derek Chauvin Requests New Trial Or Overturned Murder Conviction In George Floyd Case

Derek Chauvin Requests New Trial Or Overturned Murder Conviction In George Floyd Case

Derek Chauvin is asking a judge to overturn his 2020 murder conviction of George Floyd, CNN reports.

 

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According to an 82-page filing, the former Minneapolis police officer’s attorney, William F. Mohrman, has listed several aspects of the case and trial that he alleges were “structurally defective.” Among those aspects listed is the pre-trial publicity and protests in front of the court house. 

Mohrman also says the city’s announcement of a $27 million judgment during jury selection that will be paid to Floyd’s family also posed a problem for Chauvin.

The filing is asking the appeals court to review if a different venue should’ve been selected and the jury fully sequestered. They’re also asking if the trial should’ve been delayed because of media coverage and the protests.

Tennessee educators could lose their teaching license if they teach about race and schools could be fined up to $1 million for the same offense.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 04: Protesters are seen marching upon the Tennessee State Capitol building on June 04, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Across the country, Floyd’s death has set off days and nights of protests as its the most recent in a series of deaths of African Americans by the police. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The appeal also accused prosecutors of misconduct and withholding discovery that prevented the defense from preparing properly.

Ultimately, the appeal is seeking to have his conviction overturned or  a new trial in a new venue. Mohrman insists that court proceedings were “so pervaded by error, misconduct and prejudice that they were structurally defective.”

The appeal also states if the 22.5-year conviction is upheld, Chauvin should receive a sentencing within guidelines ranging from 10 years and eight months to 15 years.

 

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If you recall, Judge Peter Cahill wrote that Chauvin deserved a tougher sentence because he “abused his position of trust and authority,” while treating Floyd “without respect and denied him the dignity owed to all human beings.”

As you know, Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes. The ex-officer was found guilty on all counts in June.

Former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were also found guilty for their role in the death of George Floyd, violating his Civil Rights.

 

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