/ 06 May 2021

Chauvin seeks a new trial

Lawyers for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, have filed a motion for a new trial. Last month, a 12-person jury took just 10 hours to unanimously convict Chauvin on 3 counts of 2nd and 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter. But in a court document, attorney Eric Nelson alleged Chauvin had not received a fair trial due to heavy media coverage of Floyd’s death, as well as misconduct by the jury, prosecutors, and judge Peter Cahill. While requests for a new trial after a guilty verdict is handed down are commonplace, Minneapolis defense attorney Mike Brandt said its unlikely Chauvin’s conviction will be overturned. 

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