According to his attorneys, Derek Chauvin, a former Minnesota police officer, intends to take his conviction for George Floyd’s murder to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Following the Minnesota Supreme Court’s dismissal of Chauvin’s lawsuit on Tuesday, Chauvin has decided to file an appeal. The jury was corrupted, Chauvin and his legal team would contend, by the possibility of even more violent rioting if he had been found not guilty during the 2021 hearing in Minneapolis, which took place during a period of political turmoil.
“This criminal trial generated the most amount of pretrial publicity in history,” Chauvin’s attorney William Morhmann said. “More concerning are the riots which occurred after George Floyd’s death (and) led the jurors to all express concerns for their safety in the event they acquitted Mr. Chauvin — safety concerns which were fully evidenced by surrounding the courthouse in barbed wire and National Guard troops during the trial and deploying the National Guard throughout Minneapolis prior to jury deliberations.”
By declining to consider the appeal, the Minnesota Supreme Court effectively supported Chauvin’s conviction. The former officer has been incarcerated for more than 22 years.
Chauvin’s appeal has little chance of being heard by the SCOTUS, which only hears about 150 cases out of the hundreds that are submitted each year.
Floyd passed away on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin stood on his neck for almost ten minutes despite his calls for help.
As a result of Chauvin being found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter by the jury, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sentenced him to 22.5 years.
Later, Chauvin entered a guilty plea to a different federal civil rights charge and received a 21-year jail term. Along with his state term, he is currently serving that time in Arizona.
Floyd’s death sparked riots and protests across the United States and even in Europe. In cities and small towns around the nation, the unrest resulted in the burning of police stations, small businesses, and automobiles.