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Derek Chauvin files a motion for a new trial

2021-05-06T01:06:10.889Z

A lawyer for Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a retrial of the former police officer, convicted of the murder of George Floyd.



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A lawyer for Derek Chauvin has filed a motion for a retrial of the former Minneapolis police officer, who was found guilty of all counts in the murder of George Floyd on April 20.

Chauvin was convicted of accidental manslaughter, unintentional manslaughter with contempt for life, and unintentional manslaughter in the commission of a felony.

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His attorney, Eric Nelson, filed a motion Tuesday asking Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill to grant a new trial or provide other remedies.

It cites factors such as "interests of justice, abuse of discretion that deprived the defendant of a fair trial, misconduct by the prosecutor and jury, errors of law in the trial and a verdict that is contrary to the law.

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The four-page document details a series of mistakes that the defense believes were made during Chauvin's trial and that, in its view, violated his constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial.

These include accusations of errors by Judge Cahill, misconduct by the prosecution and jury, intimidation of witnesses and the impact of publicity.

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Publicity during the trial threatened his impartiality, and an expert defense witness was intimidated after testifying but before the jury deliberated, says the document filed with the court.

"The publicity was so pervasive and so damaging before and during the trial that it created a structural flaw in the process," Nelson wrote.

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The court also "abused its discretion" by not granting a change of venue or kidnapping the jury, the motion says.

Another reason for a retrial is "that the jury misbehaved, felt threatened or intimidated, felt racially motivated pressure during the trial, and / or did not adhere to instructions during deliberations."

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This is how they celebrated in Minneapolis, at the intersection of 38th Avenue and Chicago Avenue, the site of George Floyd's death in May 2020. (Credit: Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

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People react outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis after the news (Credit: CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP via Getty Images)

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Adi Armor cries at the verdict in Milwaukee.

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People celebrate as the verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial is announced outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

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People take to the streets in Minneapolis after reading the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

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This is how they reacted outside the Hennepin County Government Center after the jury's decision in the case against Derek Chauvin was known.

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A group of people embrace as the verdict is announced in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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A person celebrates the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on April 20, 2021 in Washington.

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Representatives Cori Bush and Ayanna Pressley embrace as members of the Congressional Black Caucus address a press conference following the verdict in the George Floyd death trial.

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A man celebrates as the verdict is announced outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

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The hugs multiplied outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

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In Houston, Texas, neighbors also reacted to the verdict.

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In Brooklyn, New York, the reading of the jury's verdict was also followed closely.

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A young woman reacts to the verdict in Minneapolis.

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People celebrate in Minneapolis at the place where George Floyd was killed.

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People also celebrated the verdict in Minneapolis' George Floyd Plaza.

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No incidents or any specific jury were pointed out.

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