OAN’s James Meyers
2:50 PM – Monday, November 20, 2023
The Supreme Court has denied former Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin’s appeal. He was convicted in the murder of George Floyd.
The decision by the Supreme Court was made on Monday, after Chauvin had argued that his 2021 trial in Minneapolis was biased because it was held during a time of great political tension. He also believed that the jury was conflicted by the likelihood of even more violent riots if he was acquitted.
“This criminal trial generated the most amount of pretrial publicity in history,” Chauvin’s attorney William Morhmann said at the time of the appeal. “More concerning are the riots which occurred after George Floyd’s death (and) led the jurors to all express concerns for their safety in the event they acquitted Mr. Chauvin — safety concerns which were fully evidenced by surrounding the courthouse in barbed wire and National Guard troops during the trial and deploying the National Guard throughout Minneapolis prior to jury deliberations.”
Additionally, the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to hear Chauvin’s case, upholding his conviction. Currently, the former cop is serving a sentence of 21 years.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Chauvin to 22.5 years after jurors found him guilty of second degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Last week, Chauvin filed a separate motion claiming that new evidence he has shows he didn’t cause Floyd’s death.
The former Minnesota cop is asking the judge who presided over his trial to throw out his civil rights conviction and order a new trial, or at least a hearing for him to present the new evidence.
Chauvin claims Dr. William Schaetzel, from Topeka, Kansas, told him that he believes Floyd died from complications of a tumor called a paraganglioma that can cause a fatal surge of adrenaline, according to records.
During his motion, Chauvin claimed that no jury would have convicted him if they would have heard the evidence from Dr. Schatzel.
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