Derek Chauvin asks for a new trial and his lawyer files legal documents to have his 40-year sentence overturned.
Derek Chauvin wants new trial in George Floyd murder case
Derek Chauvin’s attorney says he deserves a new look after the former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murdering George Floyd.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, filed legal papers Tuesday and asked that the jury trial in his murder trial be overturned, certifying that there were numerous errors regarding the jury and the prosecutor.
In the documents received, Chauvin’s defense claims he was not treated fairly.
The judge who presided over Chauvin’s attempted murder, said Rep. Maxine Waters had given Chauvin possibly additional arguments to fulfill the vocation.
The California congresswoman had said the protesters were betting on a guilty verdict. She encouraged people to take to the streets and do more confrontation if that doesn’t happen.
Of course, some assumed it was a move to violence.
Chauvin’s attorney brought up Waters’ remarks after the conclusion of arguments and said her comments may have swayed the jury.
Nelson had asked for a mistrial, but Judge Cahill declined…but the judge said Waters opened the door for Chauvin to appeal the verdict.
Chauvin’s defense claims the jury would have been separated or at least warned to avoid all media associated with the case. Nelson claims jurors could be intimidated.
The maximum penalty for unintentional 2nd degree murder is 40 years in prison.