The prosecution in the former trial Minneapolis Police Derek Chauvin Lawyers told Al Jazeera made a powerful case to convict the defense to fall into a “Hail Mary” situation after weeks of taking expert testimony and repeated videos showing death. by George Floyd.
The prosecutor team, which includes two assistant prosecutors Matthew Frank and Erin Eldridge and outside attorneys Jerry Blackwell and Steve Schleicher, settled their case on Tuesday, allowing defense lawyer Eric Nelson to Chauvin side view.
“Overall, they should be very proud of their presentation. The experts they choose are amazing, ”Mike Padden, a lawyer with 34 years of experience adjudicating cases in Minneapolis, told Al Jazeera.
The defense case is based on the hypothesis that Floyd’s drug use, not Chauvin’s restraint, was ultimately the cause of death. The defense is also expected to try to prove it Chauvin restrained Floyd is part of his training as a cop.
Prosecution called doctor, including cardiologists and cardiologists and lung doctors, to dispute this.
Third degree murder
Gene Rossi, a former US prosecutor who is currently in the private practice, said the prosecution had proven its case for third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Rossi predicts, however, that the jury will likely dismiss Chauvin on second degree murder requires a degree of pre-preparation to kill people, which is not evident in the events that led to Floyd’s death.
Rossi told Al Jazeera: “If I were the police, I don’t want to be convicted of manslaughter or any murder. “I think he could easily be convicted.”
While the defense is still presenting his case, Rossi said the first three witnesses didn’t help Chauvin.
Debbie Hines, a former Maryland state prosecutor who currently practices privately, said she thinks the prosecutor has presented her case very well.
“The prosecutors did an outstanding, extraordinary job in the case,” said Hines.
“They wanted to make sure they scored all of my scores and passed all Ts and I think they did. They presented a clear case without any problems, ”Hines told Al Jazeera.
But Chauvin’s conviction was not because of the “racist attitude” of a “white policeman being tried for the death of a black man,” Hines said.
Defense “has an easier case because it all defense must do was to convince one of the 12 juries that they made a reasonable suspicion that Derek Chauvin was not a major factor in George Floyd’s death, ”said Hines.
“Defenders will do everything to try to improve the character of George Floyd. They will say he used drugs. They will say that he has been arrested before, that he has heart disease, that he has signs of overdose, ”she said.
For his part, Padden recognized the need for the defense to raise suspicions, but he wasn’t sure how Nelson would manage. The video of Floyd’s death, played multiple times for the jury, “damn damn damn damn good I think you can make the right argument that the video alone sets up the elements you need for murder. third level people “.
But Padden added the key to arouse that suspicion that Chauvin would continue his stance, which could leave him facing damaging cross-checks from the prosecutor’s side. The defense has yet to say whether Chauvin will testify.
But, “he has no choice,” says Padden.
“This is Hail Mary hour. How bad is that. That is how they are left out. Will he be nailed when cross-checked? It’s correct. Does he have to testify? It’s correct.”