Legal experts said Chauvin's defense attorney could potentially use the photo of juror Brandon Mitchell as grounds to appeal the verdict.
Chauvin lawyer Eric Nelson asserts in the filing that Judge Peter Cahill "abused" his discretion in numerous ways, such as denying Chauvin a change of venue, denying an earlier request for a new trial "on the grounds that 'publicity during the proceedings threaten [ed] the fairness of the trial, '" and for failing to sequester the jury in the high-profile case.
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Nelson also contends Chauvin's defense was damaged by "post-testimony, but predeliberation intimidation of the defense's expert witnesses, from which the jury was not insulated".
Derek Chauvin's defense claims the jury should have been sequestered or at least warned to avoid all media, and therefore could have felt intimidated.
"The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them", said John Stiles, deputy chief of staff for the Minnesota attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case. Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in Floyd's death, an incident that sparked worldwide protests against police brutality.More news: NY to Ease Capacity Restrictions on Broadway Beginning May 19
Floyd's death led to protests in the United States and overseas about excessive use of force by police against people of color. He told The Wall Street Journal he didn't recall how he answered those questions. Some groups, including the NAACP, advertised the rally as a way to recommit to Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" vision of racial equality.
A photograph from the event showed Mitchell wearing a black T-shirt with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. emblazoned with the words "Get your knee off our necks", and "BLM", which stands for Black Lives Matter, as well as a baseball cap that says "Black Lives Matter".
The "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" March on August 28, 2020. He also said he may have been given the T-shirt during the march but that he didn't recall specifically how.More news: Australians Arriving From Covid-Hit India Could Face 5 Years' Jail, Fine
During jury selection, Mr Mitchell told the defence lawyer that he had a "very favourable" opinion of Black Lives Matter, but he felt neutral about the pro-police mantra neutral about "Blue Lives Matter". He also said during voir dire that he knows several police officers through his gym, and that he thinks they are great guys.
According to Mitchell, most of the jury was in agreement almost immediately on convicting Chauvin.
"After we deliberated and we had to do some explaining to a few people, breaking it down a little bit further, everybody was on the same page", Mitchell said on the "Get Up!"More news: Registration for 18+ age group from today
He said he was capable of being impartial as a juror. "You just have to answer the questions you are asked".