Derek Chauvin’s legal team has filed a motion requesting a new trial on multiple grounds, including jury misconduct.
In the filing, Chauvin’s legal team says the former Minneapolis police officer should receive 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,” alleged Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson.
Nelson also alleges that the court failed to sequester the jury during the trial, which caused the jurors “to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings, as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors.”
One of the jurors admitted that he attended a rally in DC. Photos also have emerged of the juror wearing a BLM shirt.