Famous race hustler lawyer Ben Crump was unhappy with the news Tuesday that the lawyers for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s defense asked for a new trial, citing unfair proceedings that promoted bias in their client’s case.
An attorney for George Floyd’s family, Crump forgot all about law school, the bar, being an officer of the court, and yada yada yada and reacted to the news on Tuesday by taking to social media tweeting out, “No. No. No. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.”
No. No. No. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. https://t.co/tC95w0ITUc
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 4, 2021
Crump is well-known for lying, er, spreading misinformation, when he makes claims about alleged police brutality and so-called “systemic racism” in high-profile cases. He’s like Al Not So Sharpton and Jesse I Have a Scheme Jackson in that sense.
On Tuesday, Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s defense attorney, filed a motion for a new trial, after his client was convicted last month for the murder of Floyd. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The third-degree conviction doesn’t even make sense, because it is the equivalent to aimlessly shooting into a crowd.
The actual verdict from the Chauvin jury consisted of four words: “Please don’t hurt us.”
In Nelson’s filing he claimed that his client’s right to due process and a fair trial was denied him, first when the court decided against sequestering the jury and ruled against a change in venue.
From the motion:
“PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Defendant, Derek Michael Chauvin, through his
attorney Eric J. Nelson, Halberg Criminal Defense, hereby moves this Court for the following relief:
“For an order granting a new trial, pursuant to Minn. R. 26.04, subd. 1, on the following grounds: the interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fairtrial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”
“The Court abused its discretion when it failed to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial, or in the least, admonish them to avoid all media, which resulted in jury exposure to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings, as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors, which violated Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due process and to a fair trial,” the filing said.
Nelson also requested a hearing to throw the verdict out:
“An order for a hearing to impeach the verdict, pursuant to Minn. R. Crim. P. 26.03, subd. 20(6) and Schwartz v. Minneapolis Suburban Bus Co., 104 N.W.2d 301 (Minn. 1960), on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations, in violation of Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial. State v. Larson, 281 N.W.2d 481, 484 (Minn. 1979); State v. Kelley, 517 N.W.2d 905 (Minn. 1994); State v. Bowles, 530 N.W.2d 521 (Minn. 1995).”
Several days ago, it was reported that voluntarily public juror Brandon Mitchell, 31, in August wore a “Black Lives Matter” and a T-shirt that says “BLM” with the words, “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” which was referring to George Floyd’s death. Mitchell also attended a rally for “racial justice” in Washington, DC, that focused on police brutality and featured statements made by members of Floyd’s family.
The problem is Mitchell made statements to the court during jury selection that looks like he lied to the court, which I am fairly certain is perjury, a felony. How did he lie? On the juror questionnaire, Mitchell supposedly answered “No” to a question asking if he had any past participation in demonstrations.
The Star Tribune reported, “The first question asked, ‘Did you, or someone close to you, participate in any of the demonstrations or marches against police brutality that took place in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death?’
“The second asked, ‘Other than what you have already described above, have you, or anyone close to you, participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality?'”
Even though it looks like Mitchell lied to get onto the jury, he will probably not be held accountable because of Woke privilege. Can you imagine any of the Woke prosecutors in Minneapolis charging perjury against a black juror sitting on the Chauvin trial who the evidence clearly shows committed perjury?
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A retrial will probably not result in any different verdict from “Please don’t hurt us,” but we still should at least give the impression that the rule of law is important.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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