Minneapolis judge rejects request to move trial of ex-policeman in Floyd death

Minneapolis judge rejects request to move trial of ex-policeman in Floyd death
Eric Nelson, Derek Chauvin's attorney (Image: Daily Mail video screen grab)

[Ed. – The officer, Derek Chauvin, was in deep doo-doo anyway with the playing and replaying of the 8-minute video of him with a knee on Floyd’s neck, but this will seal his fate for sure.]

The judge in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with George Floyd’s murder, denied Chauvin’s request to move his trial out of the county, saying on Friday that publicity about the case had spread far and wide.

Chauvin’s lead lawyer, Eric Nelson, has complained to the court that publicity around the trial tainted the jury pool in and around Minneapolis, citing in particular the city’s announcement last week that it would pay Floyd’s relatives $27 million to settle their wrongful-death lawsuit.

For emphasis, he filed with the court a 3,972-page document filled with thousands of different unflattering news articles about Chauvin.

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Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled against Chauvin, saying that moving the trial or delaying it until next year would make it no easier to seat an impartial jury in one of the most scrutinized cases in the history of U.S. policing.

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