Derek Chauvin, the police officer found guilty last month of murdering George Floyd looks set to ask for a new trial. Unn’S Oliver Down understands that Mr Chauvin’s lawyers will cite “pervasive” misconduct in how the state prosecuted Mr Chauvin’s case.
On the 20th of April, Mr Chauvin was found guilty of charges of murder as well as manslaughter. However, on Tuesday Mr Chauvin’s attorneys filed a request for a new trial before the Hennepin County Court in Minnesota. Mr Chauvin’s team argued that there were a host of problems with the case first time around.
Chauvin’s team have suggested that the trial should’ve been moved outside of Minneapolis, which was where Mr Floyd’s death occurred, and months of protests had occurred. The effect of all the publicity, Chauvin’s attorneys argued, had both had a “far-reach chilling effect” on the ability to secure expert witnesses, as well as keeping the jury from deliberating fairly out of “intimidation”.
In addition to this, further perceived problems have been identified by Chauvin’s team. These include the court providing, what Chauvin’s team feel were inaccurate jury instructions as well as the state overloading the witness stand with an improperly “cumulative” number of expert speakers. Other complaints have also been cited.
Many of Chauvin’s arguments in Tuesday’s petition had been raised before and during the original trial. It remains unclear as to whether a new trial will advance. Mr Chauvin could also face federal charges on top of the recent state ones. The Department of Justice is reportedly currently weighing up whether to bring additional charges against the former police officer.
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