Derek Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, filed a motion on Tuesday for a new trial, alleging jury misconduct.
On April 20, a jury reached a verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Dereck Chauvin in George Floyd’s death.
Chauvin was found guilty on all counts: 2nd degree murder, 3rd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter.
Nelson’s filing said the court failed to sequester the jurors or “admonish them to avoid all media.”
“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” Nelson wrote.
In his motion, Nelson alleges eight total abuses of discretion by the court, including “the interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.” – NBC News reported.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin filed