Former Minneapolis Cop, Derek Chauvin, has appealed against his conviction for murdering George Floyd, stating that he was deprived of a fair trial by the decision not to move proceedings to another city.
Recall that Chauvin was convicted of killing Floyd in April 2021. He knelt on Floyd’s neck during arrest, despite Floyd’s pleas that he was unable to breathe.
He was subsequently sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison in June 2021, and has been in Arizona prison since then.
Recently, Chauvin filed a case before Minnesota Supreme Court on the grounds that he was not given a fair trial.
His attorney, William Mohrman, argued that his conviction was unfair for many reasons which include the massive pretrial publicity and the intense feeling of sympathy towards Floyd in the city of Minneapolis.
Last month, the three-judge panel sided with prosecutors that said Chauvin received a fair trial and just sentence.
His latest appeal reprises many of the same arguments.
Mohrman said: “We’re very hopeful that the Minnesota Supreme Court will accept review of the case,”
The Minnesota Supreme Court could decide to hear Chauvin’s appeal. If that happens, it would ask each side for detailed briefs and later fix a date for oral arguments. Otherwise, it could decline to take the case, and let the ruling of Court of Appeals stand.
In the petition, Morhman wrote that the case presents the state Supreme Court with important questions on “developing and clarifying due process requirements to transfer venue when there is unprecedented pervasive pretrial publicity coupled with community violence.”
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