For Chauvin’s lawyer, it’s about raising suspicion.

Minneapolis (AP) — Derek Chauvin’s lawyer tells George Floyd’s girlfriend about a couple buying medicine when they suddenly shift gear because it seems like a harmless question. I was asking a question. He asked what name she appeared on Floyd’s phone.

Courtney Ross I smiled at the question first and then paused before answering “mama”.

The fleeting exchange questioned the widely reported explanation that Floyd was screaming for his deceased mother while lying fixed on the pavement. And it seemed to be one of a series of moves aimed at undermining the dominant story of Floyd’s death-established through bystander videos and saturated news coverage and commentary- A reckless and arrogant cop who ignores a man’s “breathless” cry His life has been drowned out.

At another moment in the trial, Nelson asked the emergency physician if he had responded to the “other” overdose call, and then immediately modified himself to say the “overdose call.” ..

Prosecution expert witness claims The drug did not kill Floyd..

Nelson called repeatedly Bystander on Floyd’s arrest It suggested that there were “crowds” and “uncontrollable” and more people seen on the camera. He trained the captain of the fire department for 17 minutes until he arrived at the scene. The first ambulance called arrived much earlier.. And he persistently suggested that Chauvin’s knees weren’t on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, as the prosecutor claimed. Instead, it suggested that it was crossing Floyd’s back, scapula, and arms.

“Many times as a lawyer, you just … have some facts that are bad for you, but you’ll want to downplay them or tell another story,” he said, watching the case carefully. Said Mike Brant, a lawyer for Minneapolis.

Brant said that any good lawyer must strive to “get what he can get.” “At trial, you may say that you throw as much mud as possible on the wall and want some of it to stick together.”

Nelson, 46, handles a variety of cases, from drunk driving arrests to murders, and works with the police union’s Legal Defense Fund to take turns working with 12 lawyers representing police officers charged with crime. I’m alone. One of his larger cases involved Amy Senser, the wife of Joe Senser, a former Minnesota Viking tight end convicted of a 2011 hit-and-run.

Nelson sometimes joked with witnesses, downplaying his occasional failure due to technology and mispronunciation of words, perhaps to connect with the jury.He’s from Minnesota and chatted during a trial break Police Chief Medallia AradondoAsked if he remembers the Minneapolis Roosevelt Battle song — both high schools attended.

Apart from the light moments, Nelson seemed ready even when he confronted Prosecution team many times larger..He went hard and consistently with his main message: of that Floyd Illegal drug consumption It’s not what Chauvin did, it’s blaming his death. Autopsy found fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system.

In the second week of the trial, Nelson played an excerpt from a policeman’s body camera video and asked two witnesses if they could hear Floyd. “I ate too much medicine.” The audio was difficult to understand, but Nelson had a state investigator agree to quote his version. The prosecutor later played the full clip, and the investigator turned back saying he believed Floyd said, “I don’t take medicine.”

When the state paraded medical professionals to testify that Floyd died because of the blockade of oxygen rather than drugs, Nelson said the amount detected in Floyd was low or people survived at a fairly high level. He challenged the substance of their discovery. However, he also frequently assembles questions to include the phrase “illegal drugs,” pointing out that there is no legal reason for people to have methamphetamine in their system, and telling one witness that methamphetamine and fentanyl. The number of deaths of mixed people has increased.

“This is a typical tactic of a good defense lawyer,” said David Schultz, a law professor at the University of Minnesota who is watching the trial carefully. “Not all of them are as delicate and talented as Eric Nelson.”

When first ambulance testimony to the scene, Nelson’s question was why they “roaded and go”: put Floyd in an ambulance and move a few blocks away before starting treatment. It included asking if you did. That meant a potentially life-saving delay in treatment, but it also affected another recurring Nelson theme that prosecutors refused: police officers decided to take care of Floyd by a threatening crowd. I was distracted.

The video of the scene was controversial, with about 15 people watching Floyd being detained yelling at police officers to get off Floyd and check their pulse, but several teens and girls. showed that.

Nelson is sometimes aiming for police-provided bystander mountains, surveillance, and body camera videos. Suggests that it only tells a part of the story It can be misleading. At one point, Nelson used the phrase “camera perspective bias” to suggest that Chauvin’s knee wasn’t where the camera seemed to point to it.

He also said that Chauvin only followed the training he had received throughout his 19-year career, even if there were several police overseers. Aradondo — Testimony otherwise. Nelson showed the jury an image from the trainer’s departmental training material. Neck knee I got some witnesses who generally agree with the instructor who plays the suspect and about the use of force It may look bad, but it’s still legal.

Mr. Brant said that while the state filed a proceeding, everything Nelson could do now was huge and would only serve as a building block that he could use when he began to file his proceedings.

Mr Schultz said lawyers should be careful. He pointed out that Nelson’s question to one of the loudest bystanders, Donald Williams, caused a backlash on social media. Users accused Williams of being angry and accusing Nelson, who repeated blasphemous words in court, of perpetuating the “angry black” metaphor.

Some juries may have felt the same, Schultz said.

“As a lawyer, you have to sell yourself to the jury,” Schultz said. “And a lawyer who is at risk of pushing too much is at risk of being disliked by the jury, which also damages the case.”


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