Each side will pull Key certificate to support her narrative for what killed Floyd in a case that messed America 11 months ago and continues to resonate. The anonymous jury is later set to pass judgments in a courthouse surrounded by concrete barriers and barbed wire in a frightened town heavily fortified by members of the National Guard There was renewed outrage over the police murder of a 20-year-old black man in a nearby suburb.
Lawyers are not limited in time, although legal experts say excessively long arguments lose the judges’ attention and may be less effective. Prosecutors Steve Schleicher and Jerry Blackwell will share the closure, with Schleicher at the helm and Blackwell standing for the final rebuttal of Defense Attorney Eric Nelson’s closure.
The 45-year-old chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. Experts expect Schleicher to lead the jury through the elements of the indictment. All three require the jury to conclude that Chauvin’s actions were “a major causal factor” in Floyd’s death – and that his Use of force was unreasonable.
Schleicher can remind jurors of important statements A variety of prosecution medical experts who testified that Floyd died of asphyxiation caused by sticking to the sidewalk. He and Blackwell refer to numerous testimonies from violence experts who said Chauvin’s actions were clearly inappropriate Officials from the Minneapolis Police Department said they were outside of his training.
Video played a huge role in the trial, both to back up the expert testimony and to bring home the emotional impact of Floyd’s fear and death. Prosecutors can replay videos during their closure, and experts say they expect it to.
Guilty verdicts must be unanimous, which means that Nelson only has to cast doubt on the various points in the mind of a single judge. His degree will certainly return to the topics of his cross-examination of prosecutor’s witnesses and the brief defense case he brought up.
Nelson is sure to highlight, like the County Medical Examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker did not conclude that Floyd died of suffocation – Bringing him into conflict with the prosecutor’s medical experts despite the fact that Baker labeled Floyd’s death a murder and testifies that he believes Floyd’s heart failed in part because of his down-to-earth grip.
Nelson is sure to remind the jury of Floyd’s drug use as well, perhaps in the same language he frequently used during testimony – with questions highlighting words like “illegal”. Despite the long duration of Floyd’s reluctance, he will likely be portraying again Chauvin’s use of force as dictated by “flowing” and “dynamic” factors that should not be questioned, including the prospect of Chauvin getting distracted a threatening group of onlookers.
Nelson is also likely to question what is perhaps the strongest part of the state’s case – the video of Floyd’s arrest, including the video of viewer Darnella Frazier, which largely established the public’s perception of events. Nelson argued that camera angles can be deceiving and used other views to suggest to judges that Chauvin’s knee wasn’t always on Floyd’s neck.
“If I were Nelson, I would be doing a lot of things because a lot of things have to be done,” said Joe Friedberg, a local defense attorney not involved in the case. “He’s in desperate trouble here.”
Fourteen jurors heard testimony, two of them took turns. If Judge Peter Cahill follows standard practice of dismissing the last two as deputies, The 12 advisors include six white and six black or multiracial jurors.
In the case of a second-degree murder, prosecutors must prove that Chauvin is trying to harm Floyd. Third degree murder requires evidence that Chauvin’s actions were “extremely dangerous” and were committed with indifference to the loss of life. In the case of second degree manslaughter, the jury must believe that he negligently caused Floyd’s death and deliberately seized the opportunity to cause serious injury or death.
Each count carries a different maximum sentence: 40 years for accidental second degree murder, 25 years for third degree murder, and 10 years for second degree manslaughter. Sentencing guidelines take much less time, including 12½ years for both murders.