Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin filed a lawsuit for a new trial on Tuesday after he was convicted last month of the murder of George Floyd.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, filed the claim, arguing that Chauvin’s ability to conduct a fair trial had been affected by publicity. The proposal alleges that the court abused its judgment by rejecting requests for a change of venue and a new trial.
As the court failed to arrest the jurors or “call on them to avoid all media,” they were not only subjected to biased publicity, but also “intimidation of jurors or potential fear of retaliation,”
Jurors found Chauvin guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death in May 2020.
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