CNBC: The start of the trial of Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis Police Officer charged with killing George Floyd, has been delayed Monday by the presiding judge who has opted to wait and see whether an appeals court will reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin, which would make it easier for AG Keith Ellison & company to score a conviction in what’s expected to be one of the most high-profile trials in recent memory.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the trial, threw out the third-degree murder charge last fall. On Monday, he sent prospective jurors home for the day as he said he wanted to hear from the Court of Appeals about the prosecution’s request – which was initially granted – to revive the third-degree murder charge, as well as findings about whether he has jurisdiction to try the case, an issue that has been raised by the prosecution. The appeals court found on Friday that Cahill shouldn’t have thrown out the third-degree murder charge, but Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, is petition the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn the charge.
The autopsy findings potentially complicate the prosecution’s push for a murder conviction, which is why it’s hardly a surprise that prosecutors are trying to mitigate the risks of an embarrassing acquittal. Read More