Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin filed an appeal for a retrial on Tuesday after being convicted of the murder of George Floyd last month.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, alleges that the pre-trial publicity affected Chauvin’s right to a fair trial.
The motion alleges that the court abused its discretion by denying the requests for a change of venue and a new trial.
Because the court failed to sequester the jurors or “urge them to avoid all media,” according to Nelson’s case, they were subjected not only to damaging publicity, but also to “the intimidation of the jury. jury or a potential fear of retaliation ”.
The motion alleges eight abuses of discretion by the court.
Nelson’s case also accuses Minnesota state prosecutors of “widespread and prosecution-prejudicial misconduct” that also affected Chauvin’s right to a fair trial.
The case file also requested an order “to impeach the verdict” on the grounds that “the jury had committed a fault, felt threatened or intimidated, felt racial pressure during the proceedings and / or had not followed instructions during the proceedings. deliberations. ”
Nelson said he had no comment on the motion.
A jury found Chauvin guilty of second and third degree murder, as well as second degree manslaughter, in Floyd’s death in May 2020.
Last week, the first juror in Chauvin’s trial spoke and described the evidence on which the seven women and five men condemned the former cop as “overwhelming.”
This is a developing story; come back for updates.