Derek Chauvin Appeals Conviction — Representing Himself After Being Denied Public Defender


Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filed an appeal after being sentenced to 22 years in prison for the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin, 45, will be representing himself after being denied a public defender.

The 90-day deadline for Chauvin to appeal was on Thursday. He has asked for a stay on the appeal until he can find an attorney — noting that he only has his prison income to pay for his defense.

The former police officer was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in the death of Floyd in 2020.

A typical sentence for the charges he faced would be 12.5 years, but Judge Peter Cahill agreed with the prosecution who argued that there were aggravating factors in Floyd’s death.

In his appeal, Chauvin cited fourteen issues with his prosecution, including the court refusing to sequester the jury or provide a change of venue.

The judge in Chauvin’s case had denied the defense’s request for a new trial, despite the fact that a member of the jury was a Black Lives Matter activist.

Chauvin pleaded not guilty last week to violating the civil rights of a teenager in 2017. He is also charged with allegedly violating Floyd’s civil rights and has pleaded not guilty in that case as well.

As Timcast reported last week, the third-degree murder conviction of Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Justine Damond, was overturned by the Minneapolis Supreme Court. He will be resentenced for manslaughter.

The Supreme Court did not reverse Noor’s second-degree manslaughter conviction, but asserted that the prosecution did not prove he acted with a “depraved mind, without regard for human life,” a qualifier for the murder charge.

“In sum, our precedent confirms that Noor is correct in arguing that a person does not commit depraved-mind murder when the person’s actions are directed at a particular victim,” Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote in the case’s opinion.

Damond, 40, had called 9-1-1 to report a possible assault taking place in the alley behind her home on the city’s southwest side. She had moved from Australia and was getting ready to marry her American fiancé.

When Officer Noor and his partner arrived, he fatally shot her in the abdomen as she went to approach the squad car.

“Noor testified that he and his partner heard a loud bang on their squad car that startled them, and that he fired “to stop the threat” after he saw his partner’s terrified reaction and a woman appear at his partner’s window raising her arm. His partner testified that he hadn’t yet assessed whether there was a threat himself. Prosecutors noted that Noor hadn’t even determined whether Damond had a weapon before firing,” the Associated Press reported at the time of his conviction.

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11 responses to “Derek Chauvin Appeals Conviction — Representing Himself After Being Denied Public Defender”

  1. BFairfax123 says:

    I think they’re still afraid of the consequences of overturning this conviction . I have some friends that still work in some of our governments ABC agency’s and all of them in private don’t feel this case meet the standards for conviction . Yet the fear of continuation riots and mayhem where just too much to ignore , so they all are looking the other way . For now it’s politically suicide to tell the truth or allow it to be told at least in public . So it will be delayed as long as possible to reduce the fallout from what seems to be a fairly certain result as this case moves forward .

  2. zkingsbury says:

    This article would be better if it explained why the court could deny him consul.

    • Codydm says:

      I agree, my jaw dropped when I read that. That has to unconstitutional, right?

      Bill of Rights, Amendment VI: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

      https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-6/

      • ILLEGALAMERICAN84 says:

        To get a public defender you have to financially qualify (ie not be able to pay for one and not make over a certain amount) along with something else don’t remember it’s been awhile since I’ve been in front of a judge. Im not certain if that is the rule to get a public pretender, I mean defender, in Minnesota gee-golly – dontcha know, eh 😂

    • Kvanvliet says:

      Agreed. That was pretty clickbaity and wasn’t backed up by anything in the article.

  3. Cjxjman says:

    Unfortunately they can not let him get another trial that could over turn this. It would destroy the narrative that G.F. was not a saint and that he did nothing wrong. EVER.

  4. Bear says:

    Is it not unconstitutional to deny a defendant legal representation?

    • softly says:

      I believe that appeals and new trials are only allowed if there is reasonable evidence of innocence. Because of all of the proven illegal actions, on record, of Derek Chauvin he is not eligible. To create this case of police brutality that resulted in murder into a political/racial conflict is the bad idea. Another man was killed by an officer. This very flawed way of some police officers, some police
      officers, should not be allowed. Criminal cop’s are not cops at all. They are people on their own power agenda. They think to use the law to protect their own criminal behavior. Has it ever been freedom to have criminals for police. That goes against everything we are taught from young childhood. From Minnesota

  5. UppityG says:

    This case is beginning to remind me of the Lindy Chamberlain case out of Australia back in the 80s. Because she wasn’t charismatic, was perceived as cold and aloof, the Court of Public Opinion was against her from jump. She and her husband were ultimately cleared of all wrong-doing and were awarded a wrongful prosecution settlement from the govt. Chauvin may not be a cuddly figure, but he did not murder George Floyd.

    He was railroaded and we all know it.