Minneapolis-Almost a year after George Floyd died in police detention Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Murder Trial It is in progress and is expected to continue for a few more weeks.
The trial is taking place on the 18th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown. The jury selection at the trial took place last month, when The court chose 14 juries – Intentionally 12, acts as an alternative 2. The judge said the trial could last for four weeks.
The jury has heard from dozens of witnesses. Floyd’s girlfriend, bystander, Police officer And emergency care – and dozens more people are expected to contact us before the exam is over. They have also seen dozens of video clips from bystanders, business surveillance cameras, city cameras, and police body cameras.
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Here are the answers to some of your top questions.
Will Derek Chauvin speak in his trial?
It is not clear if Chauvin will run for it. He has the right not to testify under Article 5 of the Constitutional Amendment, which states that a person has the right to avoid self-incrimination.
Legal observers say they suspect that the defense may call Chauvin, depending on how the case progresses.
Whether Chauvin will testify may depend on his method Attorney Eric NelsonIs dealing with medical expert cross-examination, said Mary Moriarty, a former Hennepin County public defender.
Prosecutors claim that Floyd died on Chauvin’s knee in Floyd’s neck, and defense professionals claim that Floyd died as a result of drugs and underlying medical conditions in his system. The house will be the key to the case.
Moriarty said he could testify “if he could add something to their case, like his view of what he did.” She said his testimony could ultimately be the final effort to defend, or the effort to humanize him.
Professor Joseph Daily of Mitchell Hamline School said it was “extremely dangerous” for Chauvin to testify. “The main danger he testifies is that the prosecution will bring the whole case back up through Mr. Chauvin’s cross, not to mention his bad behavior in other situations,” Daily said.
There 17 complaints filed with Minneapolis Police Department about Chauvin.. The prosecutor wanted to tell the jury about eight cases, but the judge found only two cases as evidence. (Judges generally make such judgments as to what evidence can be brought to court.)
Chauvin probably wouldn’t testify, said Ted Sampsel Jones, a professor at Mitchell Hamline School in neighboring St. Paul.
“Ultimately it’s the client’s decision,” says Sampsell-Jones. “Nelson will advise Chauvin on what the best course is, but that is ultimately Chauvin’s decision. No one knows what’s in his head.”
“Some clients really want to talk about themselves, others are afraid to testify, and others act as advised by lawyers,” said Sampsel Jones. .. He said it was impossible to know which category Chauvin belonged to.
Is Derek Chauvin in jail?
Chauvin is not in jail: he Released in October with $ 1,000,000 bond..
Throughout the trial, Chauvin appeared to be sitting in court next to his lawyer Nelson, wearing a face mask and taking notes on a legitimate yellow pad.
He also attended court for 11 days in the jury selection last month.
Chauvin The day after Floyd’s death, he was fired by Minneapolis police last year., And was arrested a few days later.
How much is it?
Chauvin has been charged with two murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges.
Three other former police officers involved have been charged with supporting and assisting these crimes. They will be tried in August.
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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Will Derek Chauvin speak at George Floyd’s death trial?