May 2020, African American manFreudGeorge Floyd died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes and will be sentenced in 2021mingzhouThe court convicted him and sentenced him to 22 and a half years in prison. Chauvin’s defense lawyer appealed to the Supreme Court in October this year, but the Supreme Court refused to accept the case on the 20th.
After Chauvin was convicted, defense lawyers appealed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, but an appeals court judge ruled to uphold the original verdict in April this year.
Chauvin’s defense attorney appealed to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the Minnesota court refused to change the venue of the trial and sequester the jury. Defense lawyers argue that because Floyd’s case has received widespread local coverage, Chauvin’s continued trial in Minneapolis undermines his right to a fair trial and could spark violence or riots if he is acquitted. .
Defense attorneys also argued in the Supreme Court that Minnesota jurors actively wanted to convict Chauvin and avoid further riots in the community. Jurors were concerned that an acquittal would put them and their families in danger.
Chauvin was convicted by prosecutors of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and three counts of second-degree manslaughter. A 12-member Hennepin County jury in Minnesota convicted them all in April 2021.
Chauvin pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights in December 2021 and was sentenced to federal prison.the prison21 years in jail.
Chauvin, through his defense attorney, filed a motion last week seeking to overturn the federal conviction.