For anyone looking for justice the highly political trial of Derek Chauvin was a travesty. Pre-trial publicity, a biased venue, a lying juror, biased politicians exerting pressure, absent witnesses, and a mob baying for blood were just some of the reasons Chauvin did not get a fair trial, but was railroaded into guilt. Now, it’s very possible the Left’s attempt to lynch Chauvin may backfire on them.
FNC: “Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filed a motion seeking a new trial in the death of George Floyd, arguing that his constitutional right to a fair trial was violated multiple times throughout the proceedings. Defense attorney Eric Nelson took issue with the judge’s refusal to grant a change of venue and the decision to not sequester jurors during the trial, among other things in a 10-point post-verdict filing.
“Two notable potential areas of conflict were left out of the filing – controversial remarks from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and a juror who was photographed at a Black Lives Matter protest but failed to acknowledge it on the pretrial questionnaire given to potential jury members. And Brandon Mitchell, the juror, was photographed last summer at a Washington, D.C., BLM rally wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Get your knee off our neck’ – a reference to Floyd’s death after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes on video. The questionnaire asked directly whether potential jurors had attended protests over the death of Floyd or over police brutality. Mitchell answered ‘no’ to both questions.”
One of the jurors who convicted Derek Chauvin of murder answered “no” to questions about attending protests before jury selection. But now it has been revealed he attended a BLM rally last summer led by George Floyd’s family & even wore BLM clothing. https://t.co/66UKHZZRK1
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 4, 2021
“The cumulative effect of the multiple errors in these proceedings deprived Mr. Chauvin of a fair trial, in violation of his constitutional rights,” the filing reads. “The Court abused its discretion and violated Mr. Chauvin’s rights under the Confrontation Clause when it failed to order Morries Hall to testify, or in the alternative, to admit into evidence Mr. Hall’s statements to law enforcement regarding his interactions with George Floyd and presence at the May 25, 2020 incident…The Court abused its discretion when it submitted instructions to the jury that failed to accurately reflect the law with respect to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and authorized use of force.” Again, the game’s afoot.