The jury reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday: guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The former Minneapolis police officer knelt for over nine minutes on the neck of George Floyd following a confrontation of Floyd passing fake currency at a local store.
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests, mob violence and widespread property destruction from BLM and Antifa supporters.
As the Chauvin verdict approached the nation waited in fear as mobs threatened to burn down Minneapolis and other cities if he wasn’t found guilty and the corporate media did their best to intimidate and identify jurors.
Chauvin is currently being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights about 25 miles east of Minneapolis.
Despite Chauvin being found guilty there is the possibility of a successful appeal, which would lead to unimaginable violence and chaos.
Could Chauvin Win an Appeal?
There are several key matters that Chauvin’s defense can raise in an appeal. The three-week trial was racially charged and received heavy and emotionalized media coverage.
There are two main avenues of appeal at this point: Chauvin’s team can argue that media biased and prejudiced jurors to find him guilty of Floyd’s death as well as progressive politicians such as Rep. Maxine Waters who called for BLM to get violent and “confront” people.
“We’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said.
President Joe Biden also weighed in prior to the verdict, outrageously saying that he believed Chauvin was guilty, which completely throws and potentially wrecks the whole trial. A sitting President interfering in a criminal trial hasn’t been seen since President Richard Nixon weighed in on the Charles Manson trial decades ago.
The second avenue of appeal is that Judge Peter Cahill let the prosecution call many high-profile witnesses and experts, including Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo who said Chauvin’s actions went against the department’s “values.”
“That’s something an expert witness isn’t supposed to do, but the fact [prosecutors] posted him as a fact witness kind of finessed that. There’s no doubt that he was a very good witness for the government,” explains University of St. Thomas Law Professor Mark Osler.
In addition, the city of Minneapolis already paid out a wrongful death lawsuit to Floyd’s family in the amount of $27 million two weeks before the trial, which Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson says is very likely to have “tainted” jurors and made them already consider Chauvin guilty.
Judge in Chauvin trial just told defense that Maxine Waters "may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned." WOW!
— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) April 19, 2021
Chauvin’s Odds Aren’t Great
Despite the fact that he does have several avenues of appeal, Chauvin’s odds aren’t great. The prosecution did an undeniably good job in the trial in leading to his guilty plea and the video showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck makes an appeal unlikely to result in any significant success.
In order to have a successful appeal, Chavin’s lawyer will have to demonstrate that Judge Cahill did his job incorrectly or ignored evidence. He could also potentially argue that the shooting of Daunte Wright in nearby Brooklyn Heights, Minn. could have prejudiced the trial as it wound down into his final weeks, ratcheting up racial tension and emotions in the country.
Although an appeal is unlikely to succeed, it’s certainly possible, and as BLM and left-wing mobs ramp up their aggression even the news of an appeal could set off serious chaos. Even Greg Gutfeld of Fox News said he was glad Chauvin was found guilty of all charges whether or not he is guilty, since it means there won’t be as much violence now.
If Chauvin does appeal, his lawyer’s will have to let the court system know within two months.