The legal professional for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was lately convicted of murdering George Floyd, is asking for a brand new trial on a number of grounds together with jury misconduct.
Eric Nelson filed a motion claiming that Hennepin County District Court docket had abused its discretion by failing to conform to requests for a change of venue and to sequester the jury.
A jury discovered Chauvin responsible on April 20 of second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s dying.
Within the submitting, Nelson claims “the jury dedicated misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based strain through the proceedings, and/or failed to stick to directions throughout deliberations, in violation of Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due course of and a good trial.”
The request comes after it emerged that one of many jurors who convicted Chauvin attended an event last August commemorating the 1963 March on Washington the place Floyd’s siblings have been audio system.
The juror, Brandon Mitchell, stated the anniversary march was “100% not” a march for Floyd and defended his impartiality within the trial. Nelson’s submitting doesn’t point out Mitchell or his participation within the occasion.