MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to be represented by a public defender as he appealed his murder conviction and sentence in the death of George Floyd.
The state’s high court said Chauvin had not established that he was entitled to a public defender.
The judges made the decision after reviewing information about Chauvin’s debts and assets, as well as the advance ruling by the Minnesota Office of the Public Defender of Appeal that Chauvin was ineligible, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote.
Chauvin could bring in a public defender in the future if he is unable to pay a lawyer, the Supreme Court has said.
Chauvin filed documents last month indicating he intended to appeal his conviction and sentence on 14 grounds, including that his trial should have been moved from Hennepin County and the jury should have been sequestered. .
Chauvin also filed an affidavit stating that he did not have a lawyer in the appeal process and that he had no income other than nominal prison pay. The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association legal defense fund paid for its case before Judge Peter Cahill. Chauvin wrote: “I was informed that their obligation to pay for my performance ended upon my conviction and conviction. “
Chauvin was convicted in April of charges by the state of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death in 2020. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years old.
Chauvin is charged in federal court with violating Floyd’s civil rights when he knelt on the black man’s neck for about nine and a half minutes while Floyd was face down on the sidewalk, not resisting not and begging for air. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.
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