The Defense team of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin asked for a new trial, citing unfair proceedings that facilitated bias. Should we be surprised? We have jurors who admittedly felt scared for their lives if they didn’t reach a guilty verdict, Black Lives Matter activists as part of the jury, and jurors who had already made up their mind about Chauvin before the trial had begun, given the overwhelming media bias.
Ben Crump, the famed race hustler and attorney was apparently not very happy with the news of the notion by Chauvin’s defense team. The attorney, who represents the family of the late George Floyd, tweeted on Tuesday reacting to the news: “No. No. No. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.” Very eloquent man.
No. No. No. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. https://t.co/tC95w0ITUc
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 4, 2021
According to The Daily Wire, Crump has a reputation of spreading misinformation in high-profile cases when claiming police brutality and the so-called “systemic racism.” One would expect attorneys to be serious people that wouldn’t resort to fabled claims and ideological narratives, but maybe that’s too hopeful for the society we live in.
Eric Nelson, Derek Chauvin’s attorney, filed the notion for a new trial on Tuesday claiming that his client’s right to due process and a fair trial was violated.
“The Court abused its discretion when it failed to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial, or in the least, admonish them to avoid all media, which resulted in jury exposure to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings, as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors, which violated Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due process and to a fair trial,” the filing said.
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Nelson also requested to have the verdict of the recent trial where Chauvin was found guilty to be thrown out “on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations.”
The Daily Wire reported:
Days ago, it was revealed that now-public juror Brandon Mitchell, 31, back in August, wore a “Black Lives Matter” and a T-shirt that says “BLM” with the words, “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” a reference to the death of Floyd. He also attended a racial justice rally in Washington, D.C., which in part focused on police brutality and featured remarks from members of the Floyd family.
The revelations seem to contradict statements Mitchell gave to the court during the jury selection process. For example, on his juror questionnaire, Mitchell reportedly answered “no” when asked about past participation in demonstrations.
On his juror questionnaire, Mitchell was asked if he or someone close to him had participated in any of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations against police brutality. Obviously, Mitchell lied.
Previously, Judge Peter Cahill had said that Chauvin’s team may have grounds to overturn the trial on appeal, in light of remarks made by Democrat California Representative Maxine Waters , who appears to never be able to hold back her tongue when it comes to inflammatory, irresponsible, and unprofessional statements.