[Ed. – Timing is everything. Two of the jurors who had been selected admitted that news of the huge wrongful death settlement would influence their decision.]
The Minneapolis judge presiding over Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd is considering delaying the trial, after a $27 million settlement in a civil case was awarded to the Floyd family on Friday.
Judge Peter Cahill agreed with Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s lawyer, that the timing of the payout was a complicating factor.
‘You would agree it’s unfortunate, right?’ Cahill asked the prosecution, led by Steve Schleicher.
‘It’s certainly not my preference, your honor,’ Schleicher replied, adding that it wasn’t clear to him whether news of the settlement ‘cuts’ in favor of the prosecution or the defense.
‘The problem is, it cuts,’ Cahill said.
The trial is now entering its second week, and by the end of Monday nine jurors had been selected.
Cahill said that he would call back the jurors that have already been seated and ask them what they know about the settlement.