Lawyers for the three officials awaiting trial say the state leaked the information and the medical examiner was forced to.
Lawyers for three former Minneapolis police officers awaiting trial in the George Floyd murder case will appear in court to add pre-trial speed, with media outlets urging defendants that former officer Derek Chauvin had previously planned to plead guilty.
Representatives of Thomas Lane, J. Queng and Tu Thao said they wanted the court to submit an affidavit to prosecutors under oath that they were not liable for leaking to the media.
During Wednesday’s filing, Thai’s lawyer further alleged that Henepin County Medical Examiner was forced to include “neck compression” in his investigation – and prosecutors are aware of this.
Former officials have waived their right to attend the hearing on Thursday. Their trial is set for August 23 and will come a few weeks after Chauvin Convicted First and second-degree killings and assassinations for Floyd’s murder.
Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is prosecuting the officers, said his office was involved in the leak.
His office did not immediately comment on the allegations.
A spokesman for medical examiner Dr. Andrew Baker told the Associated Press they could not comment because of the pending case.
The man in the blouse said he could not breathe because Chovin had been seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck in a widely seen video, and would be sentenced on June 25.
One judge on Wednesday Ruled There were worrying reasons for Floyd’s murder that could have led to a longer prison sentence for Chauvin.
Lane, Queng and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder. They had justice Isolated COVID-19 from Chauvin to comply with the limitations of the court gap system.
Leaked, allegations of coercion
Thao’s lawyer, Bob Powell, told a court hearing in February that he “wanted an order approving the state for its role – directly or indirectly – in leaking highly biased information about co-defendants’ potential appeal contracts.”
The New York Times reported on Feb. 10 that Chauvin was ready to plead guilty to third-degree murder last year but then-Attorney General William Barr rejected the deal.
Attorney General Ellison had earlier dismissed Paul’s motion as “a complete lie and a foreign attempt to deny the prosecution.”
Even as he filed in court Wednesday, Powell said medical examiner Buck initially said there was no physical evidence that Floyd had died of asphyxiation.
But after talking twice to Dr. Roger Mitchell, a former medical examiner in Washington, D.C., he revised his findings to include throat compressions as an ingredient, according to Paul.
Paul said he called Mitchell Baker in a conversation and told him he was going to criticize a Washington Post criticizing Baker’s investigation.
Mitchell, chairman of the Department of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine, did not immediately respond to a phone call from the Associated Press a few hours later.
Four officers have also been indicted on federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights.