Derek Chauvin’s attorney is arguing that his client should be given a new trial after the former police officer was convicted of murder. Attorney Eric Nelson has already filed the legal documents requesting the jury verdict in Chauvin’s murder trial be thrown out, claiming there several errors concerning the jury and prosecution.
In the documents, Chauvin’s defense claims he was not given a fair trial and accuses the court of abusing its diplomacy denying the defense’s request to sequester the jury and move the trial to a new location.
The defense claims the jury should have been sequestered or at least given strict warning to avoid all media and news related to the case. Nelson said it’s possible jurors may have felt intimidated.
Nelson also brought up remarks made by Representative Maxine Waters during the trial encouraging people to take to the street and get confrontational if the verdict did not come out the way they wanted. Chauvin’s attorney said Waters’ words could have been an incitement of violence and her comments may have influenced the jury.
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted pic.twitter.com/RemfvCCLAn
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2021
Nelson demanded a mistrial but Judge Cahill wasn’t hearing it but did say Waters’ words opened the possibility for Chauvin to appeal the guilty verdict, however, he felt confident the jurors had followed his strict instructions to avoid any news about the case.
Chauvin is facing 40 years in prison after being found guilty on all 3 counts, including 2nd-degree murder, for the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.