Impartiality of juror in George Floyd murder trial questioned

Liberals melt down on social media after mainstream media reports on Chauvin juror's bias

Controversial photo of Chauvin juror #52 prompts legal questions

The former officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, for nine minutes and 29 seconds, a position he maintained despite Floyd's pleas that he couldn't breathe.

That photo recently recirculated online, the Star Tribune reported.

On 20 April, a 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty on all three counts he faced after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts.

Controversial photo of Chauvin juror #52 prompts legal questions

Civil rights attorney Brian Dunn said the photo is "undeniably suggestive of a possible bias in this juror" but the key question is whether Mitchell "lied about, or failed to provide complete answers on whether he has engaged in public activism, or whether he has any affiliations with BLM that go beyond the mere wearing of the shirt".

However, the defence may now have grounds for appeal after new evidence has emerged showing that one of the jurors, who promised the judge impartiality on the case, was spotted wearing a t-shirt supporting Floyd past year. "Either way, I was going to this event in D.C., whether George Floyd was alive or not". "I just don't know how this jury can really be said to be that they are free from the taint of this", Nelson told the judge before the verdict was reached.

Ted Sampsell-Jones, a professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, said the photograph of Mr Mitchell at the march last August was "evidence that Chauvin can point to in order to establish that his right to an impartial jury was denied".

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"Speaking frankly, Chauvin did not have a fully impartial jury in the sense we usually give criminal defendants. That wasn't the fault of the judge or the prosecutors, it was simply a function of the incredible publicity and public pressure" surrounding the trial.

In a questionnaire, potential jurors were asked if they had taken part in any of the protests against police brutality which followed Floyd's 25 May 2020 death.

During the jury selection phase of the Chauvin trial, prospective jurors had to answer a 14-page survey gauging their opinions on several topics, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The other asked: "Other than what you have already described above, have you, or anyone close to you, participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality?"

He said he could be neutral at trial.

The juror told the outlet the event was "100% not" a march for Floyd, adding, "It was directly related to MLK's March on Washington from the '60s.The date of the March on Washington is the date". "The date of the March on Washington is the date", he told the newspaper.

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Mitchell told the Tribune that he replied "no" to both questions. "It was literally called the anniversary of the March on Washington", he said.

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