In the social media photo that surfaced this week, Mr Mitchell, smiling alongside two other men, wears a t-shirt with a picture of Dr King and the phrase ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’.
The anniversary event in Washington, promoted by Reverend Al Sharpton and his National Action Network, the NAACP and other groups, was known as the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” rally, a reference to the more than nine minutes that Mr. Chauvin knelt at Mr. Floyd’s neck before he died. Mr. Floyd’s relatives were among the speakers at the rally.
Judge Peter A. Cahill, who oversaw the Chauvin trial, could call a hearing to question Mr. Mitchell and verify whether he lied on his questionnaire. But even if Justice Cahill determined that Mr. Mitchell intentionally misled the court on his questionnaire, that alone would likely not be enough to overturn the verdict, legal experts said. The 12 jurors took about 10 hours to convict Mr. Chauvin of the three charges he faced: second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
Jurors are allowed to have opinions, legal experts have said, but they must be willing to put them aside and agree to decide a case based on the evidence. For example, a juror in the trial of Paul Manafort, an adviser to former President Donald J. Trump, told Fox News that although she was a staunch supporter of Mr. Trump, she voted to convict Mr. Manafort .
Experts also said that given the evidence in Mr. Chauvin’s case, a court would be hard pressed to overturn the jury’s decision. Mr Chauvin could receive decades in prison during his sentence scheduled for next month.
“Since the evidence was quite overwhelming, it would take a lot for an appeals court to overturn her conviction,” Ms. Moriarty said.
Benjamin Brafman, a New York criminal defense attorney who had no involvement in the Chauvin case, said the court would also be aware of public opinion in the case.