Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Former Officer Convicted in George Floyd Killing

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    The Facts

    • The US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday for his conviction for the murder of George Floyd.

    • The justices rejected Chauvin's appeal that he filed after a Minnesota appellate court upheld his 2021 murder conviction and rejected his request for a new trial. His lawyers argued that jury bias and the past rulings of the preceding judge deprived Chauvin of a fair trial.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Derek Chauvin received a fair trial and a just sentence. Chauvin received due process and must now deal with the consequences of his actions while he is in prison. This case proves that no one, not even a police officer, is above the law. This ruling is angering many on the right which shows the continued issues with systemic racism in America as shown by this historic case.

    Right narrative

    Chauvin's trial was obviously not fair or unbiased. The case received extensive pre-trial publicity that likely poisoned the jury pool and it would be naive to say that the threat of violence evidenced did not have an influence on the jury's decisions. Armored cars and National Guard troops were needed to keep the peace, and this case should be reheard in light of the new evidence.

    Political split



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