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Judge denies motion for new trial hours before Chauvin sentencing

The former Minneapolis Police officer was convicted of murder in April, a year after he kneeled on George Floyd's neck May 25, 2020, killing him outside a south Minneapolis convenience store. The incident, caught on video by a bystander, galvanized the U.S. police reform movement and set off a wave of protests.

In this still image from video, defendant Derek Chauvin, right, answers questions from Judge Peter Cahill Thursday morning, April 15, 2021. Chauvin spoke in court to affirm for Cahill and defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and would not testify in his trial in the death of George Floyd. (Pool via REUTERS)
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MINNEAPOLIS — Hours before he is to be sentenced in the 2020 murder of George Floyd , former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin’s motion for a new trial has been denied.

Judge Peter Cahill denied the request in a ruling released this morning, June 25.

In the ruling, Cahill said the defense failed to demonstrate that Chauvin was deprived of a fair trial, either by court error or abuse or prosecutorial misconduct.

In addition, Cahill said the defense failed to establish a case of juror misconduct, or that a juror gave false testimony during jury selection.

Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. today in Hennepin County.


WATCH: LIVE AT 1:30 P.M.: Derek Chauvin to be sentenced for the murder of George Floyd The sentencing of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd will begin at 1:30 p.m. Watch a livestream here.


  • Derek Chauvin faces up to 30 years at sentencing Friday in murder of George Floyd The sentencing of the former Minneapolis Police officer comes more than a year after he was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck outside a south Minneapolis convenience store, setting off a wave of protests — some of which devolved into riots —and prompting nationwide calls for policing reform.
  • How will Third Precinct arsonists pay $12 million restitution? They probably won't The eight-figure penalty represents a common gap in criminal sentencing throughout America's federal court system: The restitution bill far exceeds the defendants' financial means. Those convicted of the crime pay incremental sums, and the money never comes close to meeting restitution's purpose of returning victims back to their status quo. In reality, the U.S. Department of Justice recovers only $1 out of every $10 owed per year, making restitution sometimes symbolic or a mere formality in a criminal sentence, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.

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George Floyd (Forum News Service / courtesy photo)

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