The remaining three former police officers charged with George Floyd’s death are awaiting trial in August.
Criminal justice experts told insiders that they would want to avoid going to a jury trial.
According to experts, police officers are likely to engage in judicial transactions or request bench trials if offered.
Three other former Minneapolis police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd have little opportunity to walk freely after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder, criminal justice experts told insiders Told.
Former officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng will be tried in August for supporting and betting on two murders and supporting and betting on two manslaughter.
“I’m almost 100% confident that the chances of guilty conviction have increased significantly in all three cases.” Mike Roller, An associate professor at the University of New Haven told insiders. “I think the certainty of a conviction is very high and the penalties under that circumstance are also very high.”
Laura, a nationally recognized expert on criminal justice reform, was a former member of the Connecticut General Assembly and served as Deputy Secretary of Criminal Justice Policy and Planning in the Governor’s Office there.
He believes that “the ball is probably in the prosecution’s court” at this point, and you, Lane, and Quen think it’s better to make a judicial deal than to try your luck in court. However, it remains an open question whether the prosecutor is ready to offer the three men that option.
Chauvin is the most senior police officer at Floyd’s murder scene and has worked in this department for 20 years. Sao has been a full-time officer in the division since 2012. Quen and Lane were the newcomers Chauvin was training at the time.
“I think two of them seemed like the first week or two of work, so it’s clearly expected to be much more generous than Chauvin,” Laura said. “I’m convinced that what the prosecutor has to consider is what the public will react to.”
“Given the possible consequences, it seems very reckless for any of the three to actually be tried,” he added.
The message left to Prosecutor Matthew Frank was not returned immediately. Lawyers representing Sao, Lane and Quen also did not immediately return insider comment requests.
Chauvin was originally negotiating for a judicial deal
Three days after Chauvin killed Floyd, protesters of racial justice flooded the streets across the country, burning companies in Chauvin’s Minneapolis. Negotiated to plead guilty Third-class murder, suspected with more than 10 years’ imprisonment.
The deal collapsed at the last minute when then Attorney General Bill Barr refused to do so. If Chauvin pleaded guilty in state court, Barr was approved in that case because he wanted to promise the federal government not to face civil rights charges.
“The reason is politically understandable,” Laura said. “Bill Barr was reported to have felt that it was too generous and the elections were underway, so I think such factors would influence the prosecutor’s thinking of the decision.” Told.
Laura believes that the only situation in which the other three police officers do not engage in judicial transactions is a similar situation, in which the defense and the prosecution are unable to reach an agreement on the ruling.
“They were fired, what they did was wrong and illegal, so they would be convicted. I think the only real question is what their decision will be,” he said. .. “And I think the willingness to plead guilty, regret, etc. is probably eligible for a significant discount over what they might otherwise get.”
The serious debate between the defense and the prosecution over the judicial transaction will probably occur after Chauvin’s decision, Laura said.
Venue change and bench trial request
Nicole Gonzales Van Cleeve is an associate professor of sociology at Brown University, author of the book, and Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Court.
She told insiders that it was clear that Sao, Quen, and Lane would demand that their trial be moved from Minneapolis. Chauvin’s defense made the same request, but it was rejected.
“I think trying to find a Chauvin verdict, a guilty verdict, and perhaps a fair jury puts a lot of pressure on the defense,” she said.
According to Gonzales van Cleeve, public opinion about police is changing, if not fundamentally, with the availability of video footage from police killings and large-scale protests. She pointed out that White Americans are skeptical of the police that blacks and Latinos receive in their neighborhood.
“These officers face the potential reality that even if they move the case, it will probably be really difficult to sit a jury who has no opinion on the case.” She said.
Gonzales Van Cleeve pointed out the killing of 17-year-old Lacan McDonald in Chicago and said former police officers were likely to be acquitted if they requested a bench trial.
A black man, McDonald’s, was shot 16 times and killed by then-policeman Jason van Dyck. Van Dyck was found guilty of a second murder and a 16-count deteriorating battery with a gun after the prosecution presented a dashcome video at the trial and showed that he had left when McDonald’s was shot. ..
At that time, people were convinced that three other Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the shooting would also be convicted. However, they requested a bench trial and were acquitted.
“So the question is why it happened,” said Gonzales Van Cleeve. “Well, many judges are former prosecutors, who work in collaboration with law enforcement agencies as their star witnesses, and such institutional interdependence really makes many judges testify to officers. Let them rely on you and make them completely believe, “she said.
Gonzales van Cleeve said the defendant and his lawyer needed to discuss whether they were actually acquitted with a jury somewhere in Minnesota.
“So the question is whether they have a” fairer “or more likely bench trial option in their favor. “She said.
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