A juror for the Derek Chauvin trial spoke out publicly Wednesday morning for the first time, telling “CBS This Morning” in an interview that he doesn’t believe that he or any of the other jurors in the trial felt pressured to convict.
“Did you feel pressure, because you knew the world was watching, that you have to reach a guilty verdict here,” CBS host Gayle King asked juror Brandon Mitchell.
Mitchell, known in court as juror number 52, said that that was “not at all the case,” and that he didn’t believe any of the other jurors felt pressure to reach a specific verdict either. “The pressure, moreso, came from just being in the room and being under stress,” Mitchell added.
“Coming in each and every day and having to watch somebody die is stressful enough by itself, so anything outside of that was secondary, just because, as a human, it’s natural to feel some kind of way as you’re watching somebody