The choose in the trial of Derek Chauvin denied the defense’s movement on Monday morning to sequester the jury. The request adopted the death a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by a police officer throughout a site visitors cease in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center on Sunday evening, sending a whole lot of individuals into the streets.
Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric J. Nelson, had argued that the jurors must be ordered to keep away from all media and spend the remainder of the trial sequestered, as a result of he feared that additional unrest in the realm the place the shooting occurred would possibly restrict their means to be truthful jurors. The choose denied that and mentioned the state of affairs in the realm, Brooklyn Center, was completely different as a result of the unrest was not after a jury verdict, however it was in response to a separate police shooting.
The unrest might be at “forefront of the jury’s mind-set,” Mr. Nelson mentioned. “A verdict in this case will have consequences. They have been exposed to that already. The jury should be sequestered.”
Mr. Nelson requested the courtroom for 2 issues: full sequestration of the jury, and to re-interview every juror about what they know in regards to the protests and the police shooting on Sunday evening. The choose, Peter A. Cahill, denied each. “This is a totally different case,” he mentioned.
The protests in Brooklyn Center got here hours earlier than the beginning of the third week of Mr. Chauvin’s trial.