November 21, 2023

Supreme Court Rejects Chauvin Appeal in George Floyd Case

The Supreme Court rejected the appeal of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in his case involving the murder of George Floyd.

Chauvin's lawyer argued that he did not receive a fair trial due to concerns related to violence over racial tensions in 2021.

"This criminal trial generated the most amount of pretrial publicity in history," Chauvin's attorney William Morhmann said at the time of the appeal, according to Fox News.

"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," it added.

"Floyd, who was Black, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for 9 1/2 minutes on the street outside a convenience store where Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill," Newsmax reported.

"A bystander video captured Floyd’s fading cries of 'I can’t breathe.' Floyd’s death touched off protests worldwide, some of which turned violent, and forced a national reckoning with police brutality and racism that is still playing out," it continued.

"Chauvin was sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison in June 2021. He also pleaded guilty in December 2021 to a federal charge of violating Floyd's civil rights and was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison, which he is serving concurrently with his state sentence," CBS News reported.

"Chauvin is now seeking to overturn his conviction on the federal charge, arguing in a filing last week that he wouldn't have pleaded guilty had he been aware of the theories of a Kansas-based pathologist who does not believe Floyd died as a result of Chauvin's actions," it noted.

Chauvin's efforts may continue, but the Supreme Court has made its decision not to hear the case.

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