Defense Considers Appeal for Derek Chauvin

Headline Roundup April 21st, 2021

The defense is considering an appeal for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted on Tuesday on all counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Odds may not be good for an appeal, considering about 90% of appeals are denied in the United States. However, an appeal is likely due to the massive publicity given to this case, the judge's denial of the defense's request to move the trial, and the potential bias created by remarks from political leaders such as Maxine Waters and President Biden.

Defense Considers Appeal for Derek Chauvin

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Now that fired police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all three counts against him, he can still file an appeal. But the odds are not good, considering some 90% of appeals are denied across the United States.

An appeal in the case is a virtual certainty. But what issues Chauvin's lawyers raise to the appellate court are an open question, according to criminal defense experts.

The range in appeal possibilities could run from the possible bias of jurors, the refusal by Judge Peter Cahill to move the...

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From the Left
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The nation is still abuzz Wednesday after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The verdict, which found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he knelt on Floyd for more than nine minutes last May, set off celebrations nationwide filled with tears, hugs and relief.

Now, all eyes turn to Chauvin’s sentencing in the coming weeks, where he faces up to 40 years in prison, as well as the...

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Derek Chauvin's murder conviction was met with widespread approval among those seeking justice for George Floyd, but the trial's outcome may not be set in stone thanks to remarks from influential political leaders such as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and President Biden himself.

Waters, who had visited Minnesota before the verdict was announced, said that if Chauvin is not convicted of murder, protesters should "stay in the street," "get more active," and "get more confrontational." In a New York Post op-ed, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy warned that this alone...

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