Controversial photo of Chauvin juror #52 prompts legal questions

Controversial photo of Chauvin juror #52 prompts legal questions

Nelson said the court abused its discretion when it did not grant his motion for a change of venue and when it did not sequester the jury.

Chauvin, who jammed his knee into Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds as the Black man lay in a prone position on the ground, was convicted on one count of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter.

One of the 12 jurors who deliberated at the trial, Brandon Mitchell, a 31-year-old high school basketball coach who has identified himself, told news outlets in Minneapolis that on August 28 last year, he attended a march in Washington where Floyd's siblings were present.

The other asked: "Other than what you have already described above, have you, or anyone close to you, participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality?"

In a Monday interview with the Star Tribune, Mitchell said the photo is from a rally in Washington, DC, last summer commemorating MLK's famous 1963 "I have a dream" speech.

Nelson also called for "an order for hearing to impeach the verdict.on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations, in violation of Mr. Chauvin's constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial". All 12 jurors were asked during selection if they had attended any such events as part of a 14-page questionnaire, as well as for their opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Some seemed to think that the very notion that a person could be impartial was just silly anyway, so it hardly matters if a juror says they are impartial or not.

Controversial photo of Chauvin juror #52 prompts legal questions

"I'd never been to D.C.", he said. The date of the March on Washington is the date ...

He told WCCO he was at the march to support increasing voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. "Either way, I was going to D.C. for this event, even if George Floyd was still alive".

Mitchell told the newspaper his uncle had posted the photo to social media. Mitchell was also wearing a Black Lives Matter baseball cap.

The Washington Post picked up a story from conservative press that a juror in the Derek Chauvin trial likely had a previous bias toward ruling in the state's favor, and triggered liberals couldn't hold back their horror.

Chauvin is to be sentenced on 25 June and faces up to 40 years in prison on the most serious charge - second-degree murder.

Such circumstances could include Chauvin treating Floyd with particular cruelty and abusing his power as a police officer.

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