The defense attorney for Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a new trial Tuesday, a move that comes after the former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.
Attorney Eric Nelson called for a new trial in the court filing on several grounds, including an accusation that the court violated Chauvin’s right to due process and fair trial when the court decided against sequestering the jury and granting a venue change. From the filing:
The Court abused its discretion when it failed to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial, or in the least, admonish them to avoid all media, which resulted in jury exposure to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings, as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors, which violated Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due process and to a fair trial.
Although Nelson did not give specific details in the filing, Judge Peter Cahill