MINNEAPOLIS – Defense attorney for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd, files a motion for a new trial.
CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis reports that the petition is filed on the grounds of juror misconduct and the judge’s refusal to move the trial to a different location and sequester the jury.
The juror’s misconduct complaint comes after the publication of a photo of one of the trial jurors participating in the march in Washington last year. The month of March featured speeches from George Floyd’s family, and the juror is seen wearing a t-shirt that read “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks”.
The pre-trial jurors’ questionnaire included a question asking potential jurors if they had attended protests against police brutality, and the juror in question wrote that no. He told the WCCO he answered no to that question because he was on the march to support increased voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election, without protesting police brutality.
Chauvin was convicted last month on all counts of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The jury reached a unanimous decision after about 10 hours of deliberation.
Chauvin’s defense team called for the trial to be quashed following the jury’s verdict, saying the jury had been influenced by media coverage of the weeks-long trial and should have been sequestered. This request was rejected by Judge Peter Cahill, who still weighs Chauvin’s sentence.
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