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Judge denies motion for new trial in Derek Chauvin case

Defense attorney Eric Nelson (left) and former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin listen to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill on April 19, 2021. Photo: Courtroom Video. Defense attorney Eric Nelson (left) and former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin listen to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill on April 19, 2021.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: June 25, 2021 12:08 PM
Created: June 25, 2021 10:25 AM

On Friday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill denied a motion by former officer Derek Chauvin's defense requesting a new trial.

Eric Nelson, Chauvin's attorney, has claimed that his client was "deprived of his constitutional right to a fair trial" and also claimed that prosecutors committed misconduct that also deprived Chauvin of a fair trial.

Nelson argued that intense publicity around Floyd's death tainted the jury pool and that the trial should have been moved away from Minneapolis. He also offered a range of other arguments, all dismissed by prosecutors, who said Chauvin was fairly convicted.

Additionally, the defense claimed that a juror committed misconduct by giving a false testimony. The defense accused juror Brandon Mitchell of not being candid during jury selection because he didn't mention his participation in a march last summer to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Prosecutors countered that Mitchell had been open about his views in a jury questionnaire and during the questioning of potential jurors.


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