The white Millenia polis police officer who was convicted last month of the murder of black man George Floyd has requested a new trial.
Derek Chauvin’s legal team have filled court documents alleging misconduct of prosecutors and juniors
Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on Mr. Floyd neck for more than nine minutes was found guilty of murder and manslaughter.
The 12-member jury took less than a day to declare Chauvin guilty following a highly-charged three weeks trial in which 45 witnesses took the stand and several hours of video footage were shown.
Now, his lawyer says he was denied a fair trial. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison. He will be sentenced next month.
In court documents, Eric Nelson argues that the process was not impartial due to pre-publicity. He writes that it was so “pervasive and so prejudicial” before and during the trail that it led to a ” structural defect in the proceedings.”
The motion also alleges that the error by the judge and that there was prosecutorial misconduct and witness intimidation.