The defense attorney for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted last April for the murder of George Floyd, have filed an appeal.
In a motion filed in a Minneapolis court, Attorney Eric Nelson wrote that Chauvin was denied a fair trial, alleging “prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial, and a verdict that is contrary to law.”
In the court document, Nelson asked the judge to impeach the verdict on the grounds that the jury “committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations.”
Nelson also requested a hearing to examine jury misconduct.
Nelson also said in the filing that the court failed to sequester the jury during the trial, which led “to prejudicial publicity… as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors.”
Nelson further alleged that the court “abused its discretion and violated Mr. Chauvin’s rights under the Confrontation Clause” when it “failed to order” Morries Hall, who was in the car with Floyd the day he died, to testify.
In a statement to ABC News, John Stiles, the deputy chief of staff for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, said, “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”
Chauvin, who is white, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for pinning his knee against the neck of Floyd, a Black man, for over nine minutes, killing him.
Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
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