October 22, 2021

Derek Chauvin appeals conviction in death of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has made moves to appeal his conviction in the death of George Floyd in May of 2020. 

According to a report in Fox 9 Minneapolis Chauvin appealed in the Minnesota state appellate court on Thursday following his April conviction for the wrongful death of George Floyd.

The former officer was convicted of manslaughter and murder in the case that prompted worldwide outrage. During his case prosecutors argued that Chauvin was the cause of Floyd’s death due to keeping a knee on Floyd’s neck for too long and not following proper procedure.

In his appeal, Chauvin barely got in under the wire of 90 days since his June 25 conviction to file, and he raised 14 issues with his prosecution, including that the court did not change the venue for the case and refused to sequester the jury.

Additionally, Chauvin’s defense questioned whether prosecutors should have been allowed to add a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin which was the focus of a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling earlier this month.

Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison after he was found guilty of third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The jury found that his actions contributed to the death of Floyd in the high profile case that took place almost a year after Floyd’s death.

The former police officer is representing himself, saying he is unable to pay for an attorney. You can click here to read the appeal paperwork.

According to a report in BizPac Review, Chauvin’s case was previously funded by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association’s legal defense fund, but as Chauvin wrote in his case, “I have been informed that their obligation to pay for my representation terminated upon my conviction and sentencing.”

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