Derek Chauvin juror's 'BLM' T-shirt sparks concerns about trial verdicts

Liberals melt down on social media after mainstream media reports on Chauvin juror's bias

Liberals melt down on social media after mainstream media reports on Chauvin juror's bias

Mitchell last week became the first juror to reveal his identity and speak publicly about the experience.

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.

Mike Brandt, a Minneapolis defense attorney not involved in the case, told the AP the revelation alone wasn't almost enough to overturn Chauvin's conviction, but it could be combined with other issues - the announcement of a massive civil settlement to Floyd's family during jury selection, the shooting of Daunte Wright, the judge's refusal to move the trial - in an appeal to say Chauvin was denied a fair trial.

Legal questions in the Derek Chauvin trial have been raised after a controversial photo of one of its jurors emerged online.

A photograph from the event showed Mitchell wearing a black T-shirt with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. emblazoned with the words "Get your knee off our necks", and "BLM", which stands for Black Lives Matter, as well as a baseball cap that says "Black Lives Matter".

"I'd never been to DC", Mitchell said in explaining why he attended the rally.

Controversial photo of Chauvin juror #52 prompts legal questions

"After we deliberated and we had to do some explaining to a few people, breaking it down a little bit further, everybody was on the same page", Mitchell said on the "Get Up!" He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the photo was taken at a march he attended in Washington in August 2020 to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Jeffrey Frederick, a jury selection expert, said Mitchell's answer may be "technically correct" since the Washington event was billed as a commemoration.

The juror could perhaps be brought in for further questioning to determine whether he was dishonest or biased in his verdict, he said, adding, "That could change the outcome of things; if there is anything that makes him seem that he was not forthcoming". "That wasn't the fault of the judge or the prosecutors, it was simply a function of the incredible publicity and public pressure" surrounding the trial, he said. "Such determinations are rare".

Mitchell told Nelson during jury selection that he had a "very favorable" opinion of Black Lives Matter, that he knew some police officers at his gym who are "great guys", and that he felt neutral about Blue Lives Matter, a pro-police group.

"Judges do not want to declare mistrials, particularly in a case where there has been a verdict and given the special circumstances of this case", Tuller said.

Chauvin is to be sentenced on 25 June and faces up to 40 years in prison on the most serious charge - second-degree murder.

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