The motion, filed by Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson, cites factors including "the interests of justice, abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial, 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", Nelson contended.
During jury selection, Mr Mitchell told the defence lawyer that he had a "very favourable" opinion of Black Lives Matter, but he felt neutral about the pro-police mantra neutral about "Blue Lives Matter".
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The juror could perhaps be brought in for further questioning to determine whether he was dishonest or biased in his verdict, he said, adding, "That could change the outcome of things; if there is anything that makes him seem that he was not forthcoming". The Minneapolis high school basketball coach was photographed in Washington, D.C., while he was attending the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Floyd's brother and sister, Philonise and Bridgett Floyd, and relatives of others who had been shot by police addressed the crowd at the march last summer.
Civil rights attorney Brian Dunn said the photo is "undeniably suggestive of a possible bias in this juror" but the key question is whether Mitchell "lied about, or failed to provide complete answers on whether he has engaged in public activism, or whether he has any affiliations with BLM that go beyond the mere wearing of the shirt". However, the jurors were free to identify themselves if they so chose.
Mitchell said he had not and could serve impartially. Brandt and others have said Chauvin's convictions are unlikely to be overturned. The revelation sparked questions over whether Mitchell was forthright during jury selection about being impartial in the case, and legal experts suggested it could be used as another reason for Chauvin's defense to appeal.
In a confrontation captured on video, Chauvin, a white veteran of the police force, pushed his knee into the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than 9 minutes on May 25, 2020.
But Chauvin, who had no previous criminal record, will not be imprisoned for that long.