In a series of petitions filed with District Court Judge Peter Cahill, Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson said his client was denied a fair trial, adding that there had been misconduct by the prosecution and of the jury, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was against the law. .
Among the complaints were the rejection of an offer to change the location of the trial, the court refused to sequester the jury – a decision that had “exposed them to harmful publicity”, and prosecutors had committed a fault in “denigrating the jury. defense, improper attestation and failure to adequately prepare witnesses ”.
The complaint also alleges that the jurors “committed a fault, felt threatened or intimidated, felt racial pressure during the proceedings and / or did not follow instructions during the deliberations.”
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Chauvin was tried in April on charges of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter – charges he denied.
Jurors had taken 10.5 hours to convict the 45-year-old on all counts.
Monsieur Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died while being held by Chauvin, who is white, during his arrest in the US city in May 2020.
Video filmed by onlookers showed Chauvin’s knee pressed against Mr. Floyd’s neck and back for nearly nine minutes as he gasped.
The images shocked the world and sparked global protests against racism and police brutality.