usatoday – The judge refuses a new trial; time, how to watch

  • Derek Chauvin’s sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Prosecutors asked for a harsher prison sentence while the defense asked for probation.
  • Chauvin also faces a federal indictment for violating George Floyd’s civil rights which could add a jail term.

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge on Friday dismissed a defense attorney’s request for a retrial for Derek Chauvin, who faces up to 30 years in prison for the death of George Floyd.

Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a petition claiming the former Minneapolis police officer was deprived of his constitutional right to a fair trial, but Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said that Nelson had not proven any of the allegations.

Chauvin has been in a maximum security prison since April, when a jury found him guilty of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter, nearly a year after the death of Floyd in police custody.

Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes in May 2020 as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s death, which was captured on a widely viewed video, sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

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