The World’s Eyes Are Now on the Minneapolis Jurors


April 19, 2021

By Nick McIntosh

At 4 PM CT, both sides got their say and now the jury is in deliberation to ultimately decide the fate of Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin is charged with 2nd and 3rd Degree Murder as well as 2nd Degree Manslaughter. Each  counts of these felonies that Chauvin is charged with is carried with a different term, if convicted. The maximum sentence, if convicted, carries the maximum of 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. Since this is Chauvin’s first-time offense, we will see what comes.

 

Chauvin waived his rights to have Judge Cahill to detail his sentence. If you are confused by that, let me explain. The jury can suggest what Chauvin sentence might be, nonetheless, it is in the hands of Judge Cahill.

 We started the day with closing arguments from both sides. What got the world talking is this quote from Blackwell, “You were told Mr. Floyd died because his heart was too big. After seeing the evidence, you know Mr. Floyd died because Derek Chauvin’s heart was too small” – State of Minnesota Prosecution. Such a charged statement that will have the world scratching their heads.

The prosecution wrapped their whole case and urged the jury to be fair and show justice. Mr. Frank said, “We trust the police to help us and we believe them to listen to us. . .” then, “This case is called “The State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin.” This case is not called “The State of Minnesota v The Police…” and finally, “He betrayed the badge…”

In the defense side, Eric Nelson, Counsel for Derek Chauvin, wanted the jury sequestered from the beginning. He believes the media influence and Rep. Waters (D-Calif) will cause the jury to sway towards conviction. Nelson moved for a mistrial and got denied. Judge Cahill believes that the jurors are following the court’s orders. 

Judge Cahill got on Congresswoman Waters (D-Calif) neck. To summarize what Cahill said, he wants elected officials to keep to themselves and not make strong remarks when the rule of law is in play.

 What is next? Well now it is time to play the waiting game. The court is in recess until the jury makes their decision. We won’t expect it to be today. Furthermore, we will see if the jury’s ruling will satisfy the public opinion. When the ruling comes to light, The Total Plug will bring it to you live.