This week’s deliberations began with Derek Chauvin’s Defense attorney Eric Nelson expressing worry given the recent announcement of a $27 million settlement for the Floyd family.
Nelson said the settlement’s timing was “very suspicious” and “has incredible propensity to taint the jury pool,” making it impossible for his client to get a fair trial.
“I am gravely concerned with the news that broke on Friday,” Nelson said.
Nelson asked the judge to delay the trial and raised the possibility of renewing his previously unsuccessful motion to move Derek Chauvin’s trial to another city. Given the notoriety of this case, many contend that you’d need to move this case to another planet to ensure a fair trial. Arguably, pretending this is in any way impartial trial is a complete farce.
On Friday March 12th, George Floyd’s family and attorney Benjamin Crump spoke to reporters in Minneapolis about the civil lawsuit filed by Floyd’s family against the city and four former police officers charged in his death. During the press conference Crump stated unequivocally that Derek Chauvin had killed Floyd and engaged in “horrific torture.” He also denied that George Floyd may have overdosed from all the drugs that the Medical Examiner and an independent lab found in his system. Crump said that the “only overdose was one of excessive force.”