Court says Derek Chauvin cannot present oral arguments on appeal without appointing a lawyer – WCCO

Minneapolis (WCCO) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals said Friday that Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd, must hire an attorney before he can make oral arguments on his appeal.

In an order, Judge Matthew Johnson wrote that oral arguments were not permitted for the former officer because he was not represented on his appeal.

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“if [Chauvin] Later he gets a lawyer, however, he can apply to this court to ask for an oral argument,” the judge wrote.

This development comes just days after The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the rejection of Chauvin’s application for a public defender.

When the former officer, who is currently serving a 22-and-a-half year sentence for third-degree murder, filed his appeal last month, he sought “poor status,” which would have exempted him from having to pay court costs and raise fees.

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Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill initially denied Chauvin’s request. After the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled he was ineligible, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the refusal, saying Chauvin failed to prove he couldn’t afford an attorney.

Chauvin was convicted of killing Floyd on May 25, 2020. The former officer, who is white, knelt on the black man’s neck for nearly 10 minutes, and a video widely viewed by bystanders even showed Floyd begging for air. The case sparked national accountability over racism and police brutality.

In his appeal, Chauvin alleges prosecution and juror misconduct, as well as judicial indiscretion at the trial, which was perhaps the most widely pursued in Minnesota history.

Three former Minneapolis police officers were indicted in the case. They are accused of aiding and abetting Chauvin. The three, as well as Chauvin, also face federal civil rights charges.

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