Former Harvard law professor and constitutional expert Alan Dershowitz weighed in on the Chauvin case after lawyers for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a new trial.
Derek Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, filed a motion on Tuesday for a new trial, alleging jury misconduct.
On April 20, a jury reached a verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Dereck Chauvin in George Floyd’s death.
Chauvin was found guilty on all counts: 2nd degree murder, 3rd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter.
In his motion, Nelson alleges eight total abuses of discretion by the court, including “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.” – NBC News reported.
A juror in the Derek Chauvin trial hid that he was a Black Lives Matter activist to convince the judge that he was “impartial.”
Juror #52, now identified as Brandon Mitchell, is also encouraging people to try to get on juries to “spark some change.”
During jury selection, Mitchell claimed that he had very little knowledge of the case. However, Mitchell was photographed last August wearing a shirt that read “Get your knee off our necks” and “BLM.”
“There has to be a new trial,” Dershowitz said Thursday on Rose Unplugged on WJAS 1320. “You cannot have an advocate as a juror.”
“This wasn’t a fair trial,” he added. “Maxine Waters was in that jury room. She was heard by the jurors saying that there will be confrontation with a verdict other than murder. That’s not the way the American justice system should operate.”
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