May 05, 2021 – 08:28
The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of killing African-American George Floyd has called for a new trial, saying the court abused its information on several counts and that the guilty verdict should be overturned. due to the misconduct of the jury, it is stated in a court document submitted on Tuesday.
Former white police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty last month of killing African-American George Floyd on May 25 last year. Evidence at trial showed Chauvin held the knee to Floyd’s neck for 9 and a half minutes while the African-American was saying he could not breathe and later was not moving.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson cited many reasons in his request for a new trial. He said Judge Peter Cahill abused the court’s information and violated Officer Chauvin’s right to a fair trial and a fair trial when he denied Mr. Nelson’s request to move the trial to another district because of prior publicity.
He also said Judge Cahill abused when he denied an earlier request for a new trial because of publicity during the proceedings, which attorney Nelson said threatened the justice of the trial.
Attorney Nelson also raised the issue of refusal by Judge Cahill to seize the jury for the trial or to warn them to avoid all media, and for his refusal to allow a man who was with George Floyd at the time of his arrest. his to testify in court.
Nelson asked the judge to reverse the decision on the grounds that the jury had behaved inappropriately, felt pressured and / or failed to follow the jury’s instructions, although it did not include details about this allegation. Requesting the withdrawal of a decision raises doubts about its validity.
The document did not mention recent reports that one of the jury members took part in an Aug. 28 march in Washington to honor civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
That jury member, Brandon Mitchell, defended his actions, saying the event was to commemorate the 1963 Washington March and was not a protest against the death at the hands of African-American police George Floyd. Floyd’s brother and sister, Philonise and Bridgett Floyd and relatives of others who had been shot by police, delivered speeches at last summer’s march, writes VOA.
Nelson did not immediately respond to a message for further details on his allegations of misconduct by jury members.