Derek Chauvin Seeks A New Trial, Alleging Jury Was Swayed By Publicity
Derek Chauvin asked a Minnesota judge to toss out his murder conviction and order a new trial Tuesday, arguing the jurors — who voted unanimously two weeks ago to convict him for killing George Floyd — may have been influenced by the national publicity the case attracted.
Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a motion in state court Tuesday offering a range of complaints about how the murder and manslaughter trial was conducted and how the state prosecutors presented evidence.
Nelson says the jurors should have been isolated for the entire trial, a practice known as sequestration, arguing an intense media environment opened the case up to “jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors.”
Nelson also says Judge Peter Cahill should have moved the trial to another venue instead of holding it in Minneapolis, a city rocked by protests following Floyd’s death last year, an idea Nelson raised at the beginning of the trial but Cahill denied.
“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” Nelson wrote.