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Chauvin’s attorney files motion seeking new trial in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — An attorney for Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a new trial on Tuesday.

The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted on April 20 of second degree unintentional murder, second degree manslaughter and third degree murder in the death of George Floyd.

The four-page document, filed by attorney Eric Nelson, details a number of errors the defense believes were made during the trial which violated Chauvin’s constitutional rights to a due process and a fair trial.

Those include allegations of mistakes made by Hennepin Judge Peter Cahill, prosecutorial misconduct, juror misconduct, witness intimidation and the impact of publicity. No specific incident or juror were noted in the motion.

In a statement, John Stiles, deputy chief of staff for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, said, “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”

The defense motion claims “the interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”

“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” Nelson wrote.

Nelson accused the jury of committing misconduct and may have “felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations,” the motion read.

The court “abused its discretion” in not granting a change of venue or sequestering the jury, Nelson wrote.

The court also “abused its discretion when it submitted instructions to the jury that failed to accurately reflect the law” in reference to the second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and authorized use of force, the document read.

Nelson also wrote the prosecutors committed misconduct “including but not limited to: disparaging the Defense; improper vouching; and failing to adequately prepare its witnesses.”

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    1. Now he has evidence the juror attended a Floyd BLM protest. That does give immunities to the defense. The juror was most interested in social justice rather than to make a verdict on the innocence or guilt of a citizen. Not good. That’s like me making a judgement on you for being utterly stupid just because you suck dicks.

  1. A motion for a new trial is a routine procedure to make sure all possible appellate issues are preserved on the record. They are filed in every case all over the country by the prospective appellant after trial. This is not news.

    1. Goes for you too charlie doo doo. Now he has evidence the juror attended a Floyd BLM protest. That does give immunities to the defense. The juror was most interested in social justice rather than to make a verdict on the innocence or guilt of a citizen. Not good. That’s like me making a judgement on you for being utterly stupid just because you suck dicks.

    1. I’m not so sure. I don’t they could get an impartial jury so close to the scene of the incident. Changed the venue to Iowa or Wyoming, etc. then maybe. And the loudmouthed Maxine didn’t help matters either.

    2. My point is not the guilty verdict. It’s how it came about. Chauvin needs to go to jail. The judicial system is put into jeopardy when a trusted juror feigns to be fair and impartial then turns out he wasn’t. Not the way the system is supposed to work. Chauvin will get his. But let’s give it to him fairly and not by hook or by crook which is the liberal demoKKKrat way.

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