A former police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes was convicted last month of murder and manslaughter.
Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, applied for a new trial two weeks after his stay Convicted of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter In the murder of George Floyd.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, said in a multiple motion filed with District Court Judge Peter Cahill on Tuesday that the former officer was deprived of a fair trial.
Nelson said there was misconduct by the prosecutor and jury, errors of law during the trial and the verdict was against the law.
According to CNN, the lawyer wrote in the motion, “The propaganda here before and during this trial was so extensive and biased that it was observed as a functional structural error.”
Floyd’s murder was captured on camera and thousands of people took to the streets to demand an end to police violence and racial injustice, and there were widespread protests in the United States and around the world.
Chauvin, who was filmed on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds on May 25 last year, faces up to 755 years in prison – and worse if the judge finds a reason worse than what the prosecution wants. His sentence is set for June.
During the trial, Nelson argued that the judge could be influenced by the news surrounding him, including comments from politicians about what could happen around the verdict.
Judge Cahill was Reject this argument However, the jury told him to avoid the news. The jury was set aside after concluding arguments in the case.
Mike Hannah of Al Jazeera, published from Washington, D.C., says Chauvin’s lawyer claims there were multiple issues with the trial, including The judge refused to transfer the venue From Minneapolis.
The lawyer also alleged that he attended a rally in the U.S. capital in memory of Floyd, and the lawyer stressed the issue of abuse in the jury, Hannah said.
“It is now up to the Minneapolis District Court to decide whether to proceed with the complaint or to investigate further.”
Hannah added that an appeal was not unexpected, but said it was “a high-profile incident that has inflamed so much emotion that any attempt to throw out the verdict and try to do so could be met with deep public concern.”
Prosecutors asked the judge overseeing the case against Chauvin to consider a number of worrying situations when sentencing the former police officer last week.
Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison and Chief Prosecutor Matthew Frank said Chauvin deserved harsher punishment than the state guidelines because he held a position of authority and was weak with Floyd.
Prosecutors wrote that “the defendants’ actions caused undue pain and caused psychological distress to Mr. Floyd and the pedestrians,” adding that prosecutors made “no attempt” to get Floyd under medical supervision.