George Floyd killer Derek Chauvin asks for new trial
|bbc.com 04 May 2021 at 19:52|
Chauvin, who was captured on video kneeling on Mr Floyd s neck for more than nine minutes, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter.
His lawyer says his client was deprived of a fair trial.
In court documents Eric Nelson argues that the process was not impartial because of pre-trial publicity.
He writes that it was "so pervasive and so prejudicial" before and during the trial, that it amounted to a "structural defect in the proceedings".
The motion also alleges that errors were made by the judge and that there was prosecutorial misconduct and witness intimidation.
The rare verdict against a police officer was considered a milestone in the racial history of the US and was widely applauded by Americans. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison.