Derek Chauvin asks for new trial – with his lawyers saying jurors ‘committed misconduct’

Former police officer Derek Chauvin has asked for a new trial, two weeks after he was found guilty of killing George Floyd.

In a series of motions filed to District Court Judge Peter Cahill, Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, said his client was deprived of a fair trial, adding there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to law.

Mr Nelson said the judge had abused the discretion of the court and violated Chauvin’s right to due process and a fair trial when he denied a request to move the trial to another county due to pretrial publicity.

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The moment Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder

He also said the judge had abused his discretion when he denied an earlier request for a new trial based on publicity that allegedly threatened the fairness of the trial.

The decision not to sequester the jury was criticised, as was the decision not to allow a man who was with Mr Floyd at the time of his arrest to testify.

Mr Nelson also said the jury’s verdict should be “impeached” because the jurors “committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations”.

There was no mention of news reports that one juror was part of a march in Washington DC in August to honour Martin Luther King Jr, where he wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt.

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‘It was a no-brainer’: Juror on Chauvin verdict

The juror – Brandon Mitchell – has insisted the march was not a protest over Mr Floyd’s death.

Former Minneapolis police officer Chauvinwent on trial in April, accused of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – charges he denied.

The jurors had taken 10-and-a-half hours to convict the 45-year-old on all counts.

Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died while being restrained by Chauvin, who is white, during his arrest in the US city in May 2020.

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‘All three counts!’ Crowd cheers Chauvin verdict

Video filmed by bystanders showed Chauvin’s knee pressed into Mr Floyd’s neck and back for almost nine minutes as he gasped for breath.

The footage shocked the world and sparked global protests about racism and police brutality.

But the rare verdict against the police officer was welcomed by many, including US President Joe Biden.

It was seen as a milestone in the US’s difficult racial history, and an admonishment of the way American law enforcement treats black Americans.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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