Photo of Chauvin juror wearing BLM T-shirt at march raises questions of impartiality, experts say— may give grounds for appeal

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Photo of Chauvin juror wearing BLM T-shirt at march raises questions of impartiality, experts say— may give grounds for appeal
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If it is determined that the juror did not provide full disclosure to the defense, the question then becomes whether this lack of candor violated Mr. Chauvin’s right to a fair trial …this would require a much more detailed inquiry, typically addressed by an extensive evidentiary hearing.
A photo that has surfaced in recent days of a juror in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has prompted questions about the juror’s impartiality, legal experts say.

The photo, shared by several news sites, shows Brandon Mitchell, a 31-year-old high school basketball coach in Minneapolis, standing next to two relatives wearing a black T-shirt with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. with the words “Get your knee off our necks,” as well as a black baseball cap with the letters “BLM” (for Black Lives Matter).

On Monday, Mitchell told the Star Tribune that the photo was posted on social media by his uncle in D.C. last August, during the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963.
He defended his attendance, saying it was not a march for George Floyd, according to the Star Tribune.

Mitchell, who is Black, is one of the 12 jurors who convicted Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd on April 20, nearly a year after a viral video of the Black man pinned beneath the White officer’s knee sparked protests across the country and forced a national reckoning on race and policing.
Efforts to reach Mitchell for comment were unsuccessful. When questioned about his attendance at the demonstration in Washington last year, Mitchell told the Star Tribune that it was an “opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of Black people” and “to be a part of something.”

Some users took to social media and interpreted the photograph — and Mitchell’s confirmation of his attendance — as sign of activism that tainted the juror’s ability to be “impartial” during Chauvin’s conviction process.

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As part of the jury selection, the candidates were required to fill out a 14-page questionnaire asking about a wide range of topics including race and policing, as well as education levels, professional experience, and hobbies, in order to gather in-depth knowledge about the candidates.

It also asked prospective jurors about information they had on Floyd, their opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement, and, more specifically, if they had attended protests or demonstrations against police brutality.

According to the Star Tribune, Mitchell said he responded “no” to a question asking if he, or anyone close to him, had ever participated in protests over police use of force or police brutality.

Jury consultant Alan Tuerkheimer said it is likely that Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric J. Nelson will use this information to push for an appeal but argued that the photo itself would not be enough to dismiss the conviction.

Tuerkheimer added, however, that Mitchell’s alleged denial that he was involved in any protests could prompt Judge Peter A. Cahill to bring Mitchell in for further questioning to assess whether he was untruthful, or worse, if he had an agenda or a predetermined verdict in mind.

That could change the outcome of things; if there is anything that makes him seem that he was not forthcoming, it could be an avenue for the judge to reconsider the case,” Tuerkheimer said, adding it is a “high standard” that Cahill would consider since he is probably not inclined to toss the entire trial and start from square one.

Tuerkheimer also underlined the complexity of the jury selection process and assessment of objective neutrality, adding it is possible the juror did not see a connection between the march and the case.
Mitchell told the Star Tribune he was “extremely honest” during the selection process and when asked about his views on the case and his favorable opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement. He added that he told Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, that when he saw the video of the Minneapolis officer pinning Floyd under his knee during his arrest, he wondered why the other three officers at the scene did not intervene.

Civil rights attorney Brian Dunn argued that while the photo is “undeniably suggestive of a possible bias in this juror,” the critical inquiry will be to determine whether the juror “lied about, or failed to provide complete answers on whether he has engaged in public activism, or whether he has any affiliations with BLM that go beyond the mere wearing of the shirt.”

Dunn said this will involve a careful review of this juror’s questionnaire, as well as the statements made in open court.

“If it is determined that the juror did not provide full disclosure to the defense, the question then becomes whether this lack of candor violated Mr. Chauvin’s right to a fair trial,” Dunn said, adding that this would require a much more detailed inquiry, typically addressed by an extensive evidentiary hearing.

 

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The judge is a coward and won't declare a mistrial over this. But, between this latest incident, the fact that the defense wasn't granted a change of venue despite the on going protests in the city and international press coverage, the fact the jury was not sequestered and was subjected to the protesters throughout the trial, the civil settlement coming out in the middle of the trial, other jurors stating they were concerned about riots and doxing, among other things, I think he'll get the verdict tossed on appeal.

We are experiencing third world justice in action, and it's only the beginning. Fortunately, there are still some individual judges who respect the fundamentals of justice so Chauvin has a good chance, but this won't be the case in 10-20 years, assuming the entire system doesn't collapse before then.
 

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The judge is a coward and won't declare a mistrial over this. But, between this latest incident, the fact that the defense wasn't granted a change of venue despite the on going protests in the city and international press coverage, the fact the jury was not sequestered and was subjected to the protesters throughout the trial, the civil settlement coming out in the middle of the trial, other jurors stating they were concerned about riots and doxing, among other things, I think he'll get the verdict tossed on appeal.

We are experiencing third world justice in action, and it's only the beginning. Fortunately, there are still some individual judges who respect the fundamentals of justice so Chauvin has a good chance, but this won't be the case in 10-20 years, assuming the entire system doesn't collapse before then.
In 2019 I would have agreed with you. Now, I'm not so sure.
 

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One of these jurors (who are almost entirely brown people and women) will inevitably Tweet some stupid nonsense for social validation and end up giving Chauvin an appeal. Honestly that would be a lot funnier than if he had been found not guilty.
 

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If anyone was expecting the trial to be impartial they are lying to themselves.
If anyone expects this person to get into trouble for this again, they are lying to themselves.
If anyone expects any sort of impartiality or pity on white people these days, they are lying to themselves.
If anyone expects this to “shock” the masses and they rise up and demand “justice” they are lying to themselves.
Nothing will come of this. Absolutely. Nothing. Will. Come. Of. Anything. Anymore.
We are living a huge lie. Everything these people do, along with Jews, Queers, liberals, Democrats, illegal aliens etc is 100% okay, legal, and being dismissed without charges.
Chauvin will rot in jail, or be killed in jail, or whatever, and it’ll be justice. Just like it’s justice that people from January 6th are getting beat behind bars, but because they are domestic terrorists it’s okay. Just like everyone that riots, loots, and burns gets away with it, scot free.
There is no answer anymore other than stop lying to yourselves and expecting these people to be held accountable. Those days are over. Hold yourself accountable before the Lord, and prepare.
 

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ivil rights attorney Brian Dunn argued that while the photo is “undeniably suggestive of a possible bias in this juror,” the critical inquiry will be to determine whether the juror “lied about, or failed to provide complete answers on whether he has engaged in public activism, or whether he has any affiliations with BLM that go beyond the mere wearing of the shirt.”
Militant nigger...of course he was extreemly honest in his answers.

Cant wait for this one to go jogging..
 

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Derek Chauvins legal team requests new trial, alledging jury misconduct

The legal team for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd last month, has filed a motion in a Minneapolis court requesting a new trial on multiple grounds, including jury misconduct.

In the filing, Chauvin’s attorney says the former officer should have a new trial in the “interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”

"The jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations, in violation of Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial," attorney Eric Nelson writes in the filing.

Nelson also claims that the court failed to sequester the jury during the trial, which resulted in their exposure “to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings, as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors.”


Floyd's killing in May 2020, captured on cellphone video that later went viral, sparked protests nationwide. Chauvin could be seen kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes during an arrest after he allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.

John Stiles, deputy chief of staff for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, said in a statement to ABC News, "The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them."

Chauvin was found guilty April 20 of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25 and faces up to 40 years in prison, though Minnesota sentencing guidelines suggest he's more likely to receive up to 15 years due to his lack of a prior criminal record.

Ellison has asked Judge Peter Cahill to hand down a severe sentence to Chauvin for acting with "particular cruelty" in the death of Floyd, according to a legal briefing filed Friday.

Nelson opposed a harsher sentence in a separate filing Friday, arguing that Chauvin was authorized under Minnesota law to "use reasonable force" in the encounter.
Source: Derek Chauvin's legal team requests new trial, alleging jury misconduct (msn.com)
 

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Duh ! Expecting these muds to adhere to the honor system precepts of our White Christian forefathers is casting pearls before swine. Pollute that society and it disintegrates.
Ed. - Heard the nigger talking yesterday. Said he was glad to be on the jury so he could repasent. Those niggas really comprehend the fine points.
 
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