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A murder conviction is appealed by Derek Chauvin

The last day that Chauvin could appeal his murder conviction was on Thursday (Sept. 23) when he filed the intent to appeal with the Minnesota state appellate court.

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The last day that Chauvin could appeal his murder conviction was on Thursday (Sept. 23) when he filed the intent to appeal with the Minnesota state appellate court. An ex-Minneapolis PD officer has been formally charged with murdering George Floyd in 2020 in the first degree, second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter, and has been sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.

Chauvin, however, accused the state prosecutor’s office of ‘felony prosecutorial misconduct’ on Thursday. According to Chauvin, the court did not sequester the jury throughout the trial, which Chauvin claimed “abused its discretion.” He alleged the court had “abused its discretion” by denial of his request to change the venue for the trial and by failing to sequester the jury throughout the whole trial, which was included in 14 of his complaints. Moreover, Chauvin discussed the court’s decision to not allow Morries Hall, the individual present with Floyd at the time of his death, to testify.

He claimed that the jury was comprised of “clearly biased jurors” and wanted third-degree murder omitted from the charges. Additionally, he claimed the court did not present “cumulative evidence” demonstrating the use of force.

Chauvin called for the Minnesota Supreme Court to review a denial of public representation on the grounds he cannot afford a lawyer. In part, the police officers’ federation paid for the ex-cop’s murder trial. Now that he has been convicted, the union no longer represents him.

Despite Chauvin’s claims that he couldn’t afford to pay fees, Judge Peter Cahill granted him pauper status, which means he wouldn’t have to pay court or filing fees.

Earlier this week, Chauvin pleaded not guilty to violating the civil rights of a 14-year-old Black girl in 2017. Chauvin allegedly was holding the teenager and striking him repeatedly with a flashlight while holding his knee on his neck and upper back, the Justice Department said.

Additionally, Chauvin, J. Kueng, Tou Thao, and Thomas Lane have recently been acquitted of committing civil rights violations during Floyd’s arrest.

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