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    Trial Underway for Derek Chauvin in 2020 MN Death of George Floyd

    Jury Selection Completed for Derek Chauvin Trial, Opening Arguments in Highly-Anticipated Case to Start Monday

    The members of the jury for Derek Chauvins murder trial have been selected, and the group of 15 who will decide the case appears to be a diverse one.

    CBS News reports that the members of the jury for Chauvins trial in Hennepin County, Minn. were seated Tuesday, which will allow legal arguments in the case to begin as scheduled on Monday, March 29.

    Chauvin is being tried on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the gruesome death of 46-year-old George Floyd on May 25 of last year.

    From CBS News:

    There will be 12 jurors and two alternates, with the 15th person being dismissed when the trial begins if the rest of the jury remains intact.

    The seated jury is comprised of nine women and five men. Eight are White, four are Black and two identify as multi-racial. The jurors range in age from their 20s to a grandmother in her 60s.

    Attorneys and the judge worked through more than 100 people, dismissing most because they acknowledged strong views about the death that was captured on bystander video.

    The diversity represented in the jury is by no means a guarantee that the prosecution will be successful in convincing the members of Chauvins guilt.

    A Buzzfeed analysis of the comments made by jurors during the selection process found that most had either favorable or neutral views about the phrase Blue Lives Matter, while many of the non-Black jurors had equivocal and, in some cases, what appears to be doubtful perceptions of the Black Lives Matter idea and movement.

    From Buzzfeed:

    [A] white single mother in her fifties checked that she had a somewhat unfavorable view of Black Lives Matter in her questionnaire. When questioned about it in court, she said she wasnt sure why she selected that, adding, I strongly believe all lives matter.

    Maybe I was thinking that sometimes they were taking it too far, she said. The woman suggested that the movement started because Black people maybe felt that they were never seen or never heard, adding, I dont believe that to be true, but I dont know because Im not them.

    The juror also said that when people say Black Lives Matter, she perceived them as saying that others lives dont matter. She said that if someone told her Black Lives Matter, I would probably tell them that all lives matter.

    The woman did not know Blue Lives Matter was related to police officers. I took that to mean everybody else, she said

    Most of the jurors had a neutral opinion of Floyd, though several of the white jurors mentioned the allegations of drug abuse in his pasttwo women said in their pre-jury selection questionnaires that he was not a model citizen and that he had a checkered past.

    A record-breaking settlement for the George Floyd family announced by the familys attorneys and Minneapolis officials amidst the jury selection process had prompted Chauvins defense lawyer to request that the trial be delayed or moved out of the city, on the basis that the announcement would prejudice potential jury members.

    But presiding Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled against the defenses motion last week, quite accurately saying that pre-trial publicity and continuing coverage will plague the trial wherever it is held. However, three people who had been selected for the jury were dismissed after saying the news of the $27 million settlement from the Minneapolis City Council would impact their ability to be impartial in considering the case against Chauvin.

    The viral video showing Chauvin nonchalantly kneeling on Floyds neck for nearly nine minutes until the Black man lost consciousness and died spurred numerous protests around the countryand the world for that matterin 2020. The highly anticipated trial will undoubtedly be closely watched as prosecutors and the defense deliver their opening statements on Monday.

    Three other officers who have been charged with second-degree manslaughter and aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the incident will be tried together this August.

    https://www.theroot.com/jury-selecti...eni-1846538236
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    "The diversity represented in the jury is by no means a guarantee that the prosecution will be successful in convincing the members of Chauvin’s guilt."

    This is terrible 'journalism,' and terrible 'thinking.' This implies that the 'diversity' of the jury is what determines guilt or innocence, as opposed to the facts of the case (e.g., the autopsy report). Also, the purpose of a trial is supposed to be _determining_ guilt or innocence, not "convincing."

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    I know, it was posted by "The Root". I was VERY lazy and did not look for a proper link.
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    It might be an unpopular opinion but I shall express it anyway. I believe Derek Chauvin is innocent & I hope that he is acquitted of all charges, having said that I do not think that he will - I predict that he will be found not guilty of the murder charges & guilty of the manslaughter charge. It is my opinion that George Floyd died from a drugs overdose.

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    And him saying time after time that he can't breath because the officer was kneeling on his neck had nothing to do with it? (Did you see the video?) Could he have been on drugs, sure probably was. But is that what caused his death? No way. Should be found guilty on all charges. Just my opinion.

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    He was saying that he couldn't breathe BEFORE he was on the floor being restrained by the officers.

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