Derek Chauvin Officially Appeals Conviction For Killing George Floyd
In April, the former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 20 seconds during an arrest in May 2020. George Floyd was accused of trying to buy cigarettes with a fake $20.
While Derek Chauvin was later sentenced to 22-and-a-half years behind bars, he has now appealed the ruling against him.
He filed the appeal himself on the deadline, saying he’s broke and
“unrepresented by legal counsel in connection with the appeal.”
In his appeal, he pointed to issues he had with the court’s decisions during the trial, such as allowing Morres Hall, a man who was with George Floyd the night he died, to refrain from taking the stand. He also said the court failed to put sidebar remarks in the official transcript and that the prosecutors allegedly took part in “prejudicial prosecutorial misconduct.”
He claimed he was denied a public defender and wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to look into the refusal. He added that the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis stopped defending him once he was convicted.
Attorney Eric Nelson served as Derek Chauvin’s defense in state court and appears to still be representing him in the federal civil rights allegations he’s facing, which Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to.
But it was lawyer Joe Tamburino, who has no connection to the case, who made a statement on Chauvin’s filing yesterday (Thursday, Sept. 23). He said that it’s strange Nelson didn’t file the appeal on Chauvin’s behalf, adding:
“He’s been denied a public defender. He’s in prison … for the next 22-plus years. I don’t know why that was denied.”
Meanwhile, the judge who ruled in Chauvin’s trial, Judge Peter Cahill, gave Chauvin “pauper status” so he doesn’t have to pay court costs or filing expenses.
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