Derek Chauvin’s Attorney List Reasons SCOTUS Should Overturn Conviction

Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of killing Gorge Floyd, could walk out of jail after his attorney filed a compelling appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Cauvin in 2021 and sentenced to 20 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Lawyers for the former Minneapolis Police officer have now filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, arguing that their client did not get a fair trial. 

Attorney William Mohrman, Chauvin’s legal representative, told The Daily Wire that the primary argument in their appeal before the Supreme Court is that due to the riots that took place in Minneapolis prior to the trial, all the selected jurors had stakes in the outcome of the trial. Mohrman suggested that the jurors were worried that an acquittal would spark another riot. 

“Minneapolis suffered half a billion dollars in damage, and all of the jurors, or virtually all the jurors during jury questioning, expressed concerns about another riot breaking out,” Mohrman said.

Mohrman also noted that around 75 to 80% of the jurors were worried about their safety and that many of them had actually made up their minds before the trial began. 

“I would say the vast majority — not only the vast majority, probably 75 to 80 percent of the jurors — expressed concerns for their own personal safety as a result of being impaneled on the jury,” he said. “Virtually every juror had obviously heard about the case, knew about the riots, had seen the videos that were taken when George Floyd was arrested; virtually all the jurors have seen that, so it’s difficult in a case like that to impanel the jury where the jurors haven’t formed firm conclusions before the trial even starts.”

Mohrman also noted potential jury misconduct in his appeal argument before the Supreme Court. 

“Almost immediately after trial, Juror 52 was on a radio show, being interviewed about his experience as a juror,” Mohrman explained. “He expressed happiness at being on the juror panel. Then he said he was really happy with the messages sent to the Minneapolis Police Department because during his life he had had 50 encounters with the Minneapolis police department — all of them negative. And in one of them, he had a gun pulled on him. Now again, he filled out a juror questionnaire prior to trial saying, to the best of my recollection, he was at least neutral on the Minneapolis Police Department. And then the other thing that’s even more disturbing is that video evidence was found on the internet Juror 52 participated in a ‘Get Off Our Necks’ BLM rally in Washington, D.C., in August of 2020. So, again, he answered questions prior to trial saying he had not been at any protests.”

The attorney also noted outside factors, such as the city’s decision to make a $27 million settlement with Georgie Floyd’s estate in the middle of the trial and Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) comments to BLM protesters that if there is no guilty verdict, they should “stay on the street,” “get more active,” and “get more confrontational” negatively impacted his client’s right to a fair trial. 

Chauvin would get a new trial should the Supreme Court agree that he did not get a fair trial.