Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin filed an appeal for a retrial on Tuesday after being convicted of the murder of George Floyd last month.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, filed the claim alleging that Chauvin’s ability to have a fair trial was affected by pre-trial publicity.
The motion alleges that the court abused its discretion by denying the requests for a change of venue and a new trial.
As the court failed to sequester the jury or “urge them to avoid all media,” according to Nelson’s case, they were not only subjected to damaging publicity, but also “jury intimidation or the potential fear of retaliation “.
The motion alleges eight total abuses of discretion by the court.
Nelson’s case also accuses Minnesota state prosecutors of “widespread and prejudicial misconduct” that also allegedly affected Chauvin’s right to a fair trial.
The case file also requested an order “to impeach the verdict” on the grounds that “the jury had committed a fault, felt threatened or intimidated, felt racial pressure during the proceedings and / or had not followed instructions during the proceedings. deliberations. ”
Nelson said he had no comment on his request for a new trial.
A jury found Chauvin guilty of second and third degree murder, as well as second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death in May 2020.
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