Lawyer for former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who was recently convicted of the murder of George Floyd, is asking for a new trial on several grounds, including jury misconduct.
Eric Nelson has filed a motion claiming that the Hennepin County District Court had abused his discretion by refusing to accept requests for a change of venue and to confine the jury.
A jury found Chauvin guilty on April 20 of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death.
In the record, Nelson states that “tThe jury committed a fault, felt threatened or intimidated, felt racial pressure during the proceedings and / or did not follow instructions during the deliberations, in violation of Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial.
The request comes after it emerged that one of the jurors who convicted Chauvin attended an event last August commemorating the 1963 march in Washington where Floyd’s siblings were speakers.
Juror Brandon Mitchell said the anniversary march was “100% not” a march for Floyd and defended his impartiality in the trial. Nelson’s file does not mention Mitchell or his participation in the event.