Derek Chauvin legal team files for new trial, citing prejudicial pre-trial publicity

Derek Chauvin legal team files for new trial, citing prejudicial pre-trial publicity
Eric Nelson, Derek Chauvin's attorney (Image: Daily Mail video screen grab)

[Ed. – Inevitable after the circus surrounding the trial.]

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a new trial Tuesday after he was convicted last month of murdering George Floyd.

Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, is alleging pretrial publicity affected Chauvin’s right to a fair trial.

The motion alleges the court abused its discretion by denying the requests for a change in venue and a new trial.

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Because the court failed to sequester the jurors or “admonish them to avoid all media,” Nelson’s filing said, they were subjected not only to prejudicial publicity but also to “jury intimidation or potential fear of retribution.” …

Nelson’s filing also accuses Minnesota state prosecutors of committing “pervasive, prejudicial prosecutorial misconduct” that also affected Chauvin’s right to receive a fair trial.

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