Derek Chauvin was convicted of George Floyd’s murder. Just a year later after the conviction the former Minneapolis police officer is now looking to overturn it.
Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter in April 2021. According to CNN has requested the Court of Appeals this Monday to reverse his conviction.
In the 82-page filing, Chauvin’s legal team listed several reasons for the court proceeding, which led to the said conviction. His attorney argued that they have all been “structurally defective.”
Not only that but the appeal also claimed that jurors’ concerns for their own safety was the primary reason for the verdict. Implying that if the jury has come to any other conclusion their lives would be in danger given the nature of the case.
“The overwhelming media coverage exposed the jurors — literally every day — to news demonizing Chauvin and glorifying Floyd, which was more than sufficient to presume prejudice,” the legal document read.
The lawyers added: “However, the real problem is the jurors expressed concern for (i) they and their families’ personal safety and (ii) riots breaking out in the event they acquitted Chauvin.”
The death of George Floyd sparked nationwide riots and protests. The entire state was under pressure for its poor management of the police department. Amidst all the chaos Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison, However, he believes the verdict is unfair and a result of political influence.
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