Derek Chauvin’s Attorney Demands New Trial, Arguing Jury ‘Felt Race-Based Pressure’ to Convict

Defense Attorney Eric Nelson introduces prospective jurors to Derek Chauvin during the voir dire process.

The attorney representing Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd, Jr., has asked the judge overseeing the matter to order a new trial. The four-page motion, filed Tuesday afternoon, asks in part for a “hearing to impeach the verdict” — an attempt to force jurors to explain, with some limits, what occurred during deliberations. It also alleges a litany of other deficiencies by the judge and, to a lesser extent, by prosecutors in the high-profile, highly watched proceeding.

As to the request to “impeach the verdict,” Chauvin’s attorney, Eric J. Nelson,
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