Derek Chauvin Denied Public Defender in Appeal

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Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is serving prison time for the murder of George Floyd, has been denied a public defender in his appeal. 

The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin a public defender in his appeal.  

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In April, Chauvin was convicted on all charges for murdering George Floyd. He was then sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on state charges. He still faces federal charges for violating Floyd’s civil rights.  

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Chauvin filed an intent to appeal his conviction and sentence in September. According to the Associated Press, Chauvin said the judge, Peter Cahill, was mistaken during several key points in the case. He also alleged Cahill abused his discretion when he denied Chauvin’s request to move the trial out of Hennepin County due to its high-profile nature and pretrial publicity.   

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He claims he doesn’t have money to obtain a lawyer. According to KARE 11, the Supreme Court ruled Chauvin “has not established that he is entitled to appointed representation at this time.”  

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The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association paid the legal fees of his first case, but they will not pay for an appeal. Chauvin wrote in an affidavit, “I have been informed that their obligation to pay for my representation terminated upon my conviction and sentencing.”  

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If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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