May 17, 2022

MN Supreme Court rejects Derek Chauvin’s request for public defender

Anyone accused of a crime in the U.S. is guaranteed a fair trial. However, that standard doesn’t seem to apply when the accused is former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin’s request for a public defender to appeal his conviction for killing George Floyd has been denied, Breitbart reported. The former cop believes that prejudicial decisions were made during his trial that could overturn his murder conviction.

Chauvin filed for pauper status to obtain a public defender in Minnesota. He claims to be $142,000 in debt and without sufficient assets to pay for his own attorney, citing the impracticality of cashing in retirement funds that would be severely penalized and likely liquidated to pay the other debt anyway.

However, the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected Chauvin’s request leaving the convicted man without resources to appeal his case. While many convicts waste taxpayer money on frivolous appeals, Chauvin actually has a pretty compelling argument.

Judge Robert Cahill refused to change the venue for his trial despite the obvious prejudice against Chavin. The trial was held in the same county where riots carried on for months after a video went viral showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes. There was also outside pressure to convict Chauvin before a verdict had been reached.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) had publicly called for Chauvin’s conviction before the jury had been sequestered, possibly poisoning the well. “We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” she said.

“If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopefully and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty” Waters said. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”

It seems Chauvin’s conviction was a foregone conclusion from just about every angle which is not the way it’s supposed to work in America. Regardless of how unpopular Chauvin was or how strongly people felt about his culpability, the man still had a right to a fair trial — whether he got one is still a question left unanswered as long as Chauvin is unable to have his day in court.

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