Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in the highly anticipated murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s death.
Officials in Minnesota are in a state of high security alert for this trial, which ignited riots throughout the summer in Democrat-run cities across America and initiated worldwide protests for racial equality and fighting against police brutality.
HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRIAL:
Jury selection starts Monday morning in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota. Opening arguments are scheduled to begin not before March 29, however, they could be delayed because of a Court of Appeals decision last week that ruled the Hennepin District Judge Peter Cahill made an error when he dismissed an additional charge of third-degree murder against Chauvin and that could result in additional legal challenges and delays.
However, a judge ruled on Monday that jury selection can continue even while the legal issue over the third-degree murder charge makes its way up the ladder to the higher courts.
WHERE CAN WE WATCH THE TRIAL?
CourtTV will stream the trial live and you can watch it by clicking here.
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Though potential jurors will not be shown on camera, CourtTV will provide live coverage of just selection where it is expected that they will be asked if they ever joined in the George Floyd protests.
The trial is expected to last anywhere between two and four weeks according to court officials.
Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer, 44, is accused of pressing his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, until such time that he died while in police custody. Video of the incident went viral in minutes and let to global protests.
Officer Chauvin, who was fired after the incident that led to Floyd’s death, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Depending on how Judge Cahill rules or even as the result of a possible appeal, the third-degree murder charge could be added back into the mix of charges for the jurors to consider.
COVID-19 social distancing guidelines will be adhered to during jury selection, and there will be other precautions applied due to the high profile of this tense trial. Because of those restrictions, potential jurors will be individually interviewed with eight potentials being asked questions by lawyers for the prosecution and the defense each day. According to the Star Tribune, the people being interviewed for jury duty will be called by a number instead of their name to protect their identities.
There will be 12 jurors impaneled with four alternates, which is two more than usual.
With respect to social distancing requirements, space will be limited.
WHO WILL BE IN THE COURTROOM?
Besides the judge and other court personnel necessary to the proceedings, Chauvin and his attornies will be present in the courtroom, as well as prosecutors from the state Attorney General’s office along with special attorneys who have been assigned to the case.
As for family members, just one family member from Floyd’s family and from Chauvin’s family will be allowed to be physically inside the courtroom at a time. There will also be two seats reserved for members of the news media who will rotate among a pool of reporters.
There will be a very large show of law enforcement inside and outside of the courthouse to provide an unparalleled set of security measures. Law enforcement personnel will comprise of members from Minneapolis police, Minnesota state troopers, Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, and National Guard troops. There are also concrete barriers surrounding the courthouse along with barbed wiring and security fencing outside all five of Minneapolis’s police precincts.
The other three former Minneapolis police officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, who were at the scene of Floyd’s death will be tried separately after Chauvin’s trial has concluded. They are charged with aiding and aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder.
A series of motions were filed this week on behalf of three of the four former Minneapolis police officers who were charged in the death of George Floyd that set off a summer of rage, destruction, mayhem, and chaos via daily riots in Democrat-run cities across the country, asking to have their clients’ cases dismissed, arguing that the prosecutors leaked information about plea deals in the works to the press.
Now that Trump’s no longer in office I wonder if the Woke Supremacists will riot again.
The trial against Derek Chauvin, the cop who had his knee on Floyd’s neck in the video that went viral around the world, is set to begin on March 8. Chauvin was ultimately charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, the three other former cops involved are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and their trial is scheduled for August 23.
On Monday, Thao’s lawyers, Natalie and Robert Paule filed a motion in Hennepin County District Court where they accused Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison of leaking the information about Chauvin’s plea deal negotiations. They are asking the judge to dismiss the charges against their client. I have no doubt that Ellison or one of his prosecutors did that because he’s not a good person and he used to allegedly beat his ex-girlfriend and because he’s a Democrat politician nothing happened to him.
Last week, the New York Times, once again using anonymous sources, reported that a plea deal was already in the works for Chauvin a mere days after Floyd’s death. Under the plea agreement, Chauvin would avoid federal civil rights charges if he pleads guilty to third-degree murder and face up to 10 years in federal prison. That agreement was rejected by then-Attorney General Bill Barr.
That leaked information will “irreversibly taint the jury pool and will deny Mr. Thao his constitutional right to a fair trial by impartial jurors,” and Ellison, as well as prosecutors Matthew Frank and Neal Katyal should face, “sanctions against the State for its role – directly or indirectly – in the leaking of highly prejudicial information related to potential plea agreements of codefendants,” the motion read, according to Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the outlet that obtained the motion after it was made public on Tuesday.
We need to have some serious reform on leaking laws. Leftist Trump haters working in the federal government leaked data every day for at least the first two years. In many cases, it is a felony to leak information to the press and no one ever gets charged. In fact, I don’t even think there are investigations to find the leakers.
The motion requested a scheduled hearing to argue the matter within one week. Judge Peter Cahill will render a decision on the motion soon.
Another motion filed in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday by Kueng’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, also argued that the leak that turned into the article in the Times could only have come from the prosecution team. Plunkett said tghe leak “shows a complete disrespect for this Court and the fundamental notions of due process.”
“The history of this case shows purposeful actions to thwart justice for the officers. One discovery violation is an honest mistake, this wide river of flagrant discovery violations is a purposeful act designed to prevent Mr. Kueng and the Codefendant’s from receiving a fair trial,” the motion read. “Leaking prejudicial information mere days before trial is loathsome and underhanded. The State’s conduct has been pervasive, malicious and an affront to the dignity of the Office of the Attorney General.” Talk about prosecutorial misconduct.
On Wednesday, Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, filed the third motion asking to join the motions filed by the first two defendants; lawyers, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“It’s sad that the defense would stoop to peddling baseless conspiracy theories rather than prepare a serious defense of their client to address the grave crimes with which he is charged,” Ellison said in a written statement where he responded to the motions filed this week. “Unlike the defense, we are confident in our case and look forward to presenting it to a jury.”
See what I mean about Ellison? There’s no way anyone but the prosecutors could have leaked that information, a felony I believe, and Ellison uses the favorite tactic of the Democrats these days by calling the motions conspiracy theories. How else was the New York Times able to write the article without someone leaking the information to the liner for a dirty birdcage newspaper? A conspiracy theory would be if there was no article published and the lawyers said there was. Ellison is either stupid or arrogant as all get out.
Minneapolis and state police are working on security plans to prepare for the animals to create more havoc, looting and burning down businesses as Chauvin’s trial gets closer.
On Wednesday, the utterly useless Mayor Jacob Frey, who did next to nothing during the daily summer riots in his city, said that the trial will in all likelihood increase trauma for a lot of people, particularly as the day of the verdict gets closer and that safety will be on of the top priorities “during this very difficult time in our city.” Does anyone believe him? Do they have enough cops left on the force to do that kind of security?
Do I sound like a cynic? Well, when you wake up every day of your life and you see that the sun comes up, after a while, you just come to expect it.
The video below might be enough to prove reasonable doubt in the mind of potential jurors in the George Floyd case, which is anticipated to be very emotional and trying for the American people.
Recently one of the attorneys in the case who represents one of the former police officers involved said that the evidence that Floyd died from an overdose and not a knee on the neck, was so strong that the case against the officers involved should be dropped altogether.
Minneapolis officer's attorney alleges George Floyd overdosed on fentanyl, says charges should be dropped. https://t.co/LfQmuPtk00
“A lawyer for one of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death said he planned to argue in court that Floyd “killed himself” by dying of a fentanyl overdose and an underlying heart condition.
“None of these guys — even Chauvin — actually killed him,” Gray said, referring to Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes on May 25. “He killed himself.”
A broadcaster slowed the film of Floyd down, to show a white spot on his tongue, which he said proves that Floyd had taken something right before he died, and that the footage could provide a “reasonable doubt” in what is likely to be one of the highest-profile cases in American history.
Floyd died in May, while in the custody of the police, one who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck, presumably killing Floyd.
Violent uprisings happened after the video of Floyd’s death was played over and over, agitating people.
Vinnie Politan narrated the video for his Facebook page, Court TV:
“This video is when George Floyd is initially stopped and it is in slow motion, look at the tongue- a little white spot. The defense says that this is the most important in the case.
One of the attorneys for former officer says that spot is Fentanyl and it was ingested at the time of the video.
The Defense is saying this is an overdose case, this is not a man with a knee on his neck, or who can not breathe. This is 2MG of Fentanyl, the defense just has to prove that this is a reasonable explanation for the death of George Floyd.
The defense just has to raise a reasonable explanation, prosecutors have to prove that it happened. So if what the defense shows is reasonable that is enough for reasonable doubt. Look at the white dot on the tongue.
This is going to happen at the trial and each one of the defendants will hire someone to come in and talk about the white dot on the tongue, and the fen t in his system.”
Too many Americans forget that America is a Constitutional Republic. Instead, they live in a fantasy world that we are a “Democracy” just because the Democrats feel and believe that we are. But our system is not “rule by mob.” It is one person, one vote, and we elect representatives to represent our point of view.
“Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.” Didn’t Thomas Jefferson say that?
DEMOCRATS NEVER SEEMED TO ACCEPT OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT
This is what we are going to deconstruct today:
“The CEO of Delta Airlines just called Georgia’s new voting law, namely the provisions surrounding increased Voter ID & identity verification “unacceptable” Which is strange—doesn’t Delta require an ID to get on their planes?” Charlie Kirk posted on Twitter.
THE POWERS OF THE LEFT ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY-NOTICE
Far-left Democrats are guilty of feeling that they can speak things into existence, like magic, as in the case of the influencing businesses to propagandize and promote the left’s demands to unduly influence our representatives. That is how the left attempts to, and are often successful at, infiltrating our Republic, thereby disenfranchising our votes.
To their favor, it has worked for them for a few decades, with soft Republicans refusing to defend their oath to the US Constitution. However, things may be changing, and here is one economic indicator that leftism is failing. Look at what is happening in Georgia.
DELTA AIR LINES ACTIVISTS ARE BEING SHUT DOWN
In an article for Creative Destruction Media, the future of Delta Air Lines future as Community Organizers may be in danger.
“Georgia Republicans voted to strip Delta Air Lines of a jet fuel tax break worth tens of millions of dollars Wednesday after the company u-turned to unequivocally condemn the state’s widely-criticized voting restrictions, joining a growing list of executives who have criticized the new restrictions amid a debate over boycotting Georgia’s biggest companies.
Republicans in Georgia’s House of Representatives voted to revoke Delta’s tax break, which is worth tens of millions of dollars a year,” CD Media reported.
DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A HAPPY MAN?
DOE IN THE HEADLIGHTS!
Who really knows if this is a shake-down scheme in the legacy of Jessie Jackson or Eric Holder, who were known to duly influence corporations to pay up or suffer, or if the CEO is really down with the struggle of the left. The point is that the far left is attempting to organizing the business community to do their political bidding, and they are starting to lose some of their power.
It is important to understand who is pushing back on the left’s attempt at some hybrid model of Communism; it the firebrand populist, not RINO lawmaker at the local level.
Epoch Times reported:
“It was very disappointing,” House Speaker Rep. David Ralston, a Republican, said of Delta CEO Ed Bastian’s comment on the voting laws earlier this week, according to local media reports. “You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand. You’ve got to keep that in mind sometimes.”
The final vote in the state House was 97–73.
“The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie,” Bastian said in a statement of the Georgia voting bill. “Unfortunately, that excuse is being used in states across the nation that are attempting to pass similar legislation to restrict voting rights.”
And other state legislation is focused on holding the Communist/ Corporatist/Marxist dreams of the far left back as well. That means there is hope for a better day in America, and businesses could be getting out of social justice as soon as Americans make it happen.
An elderly masseuse claims she gave a number of non-sexual massages to a “chatty” Prince Andrew while working on Jeffrey Epstein’s “Pedophile Island,” back in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
However, the most excitement Heidi Windel, now 75, ever had on Pedophile Island, that was unpleasant and uninvited, came about when a thrill-seeking Ghislaine Maxwell barely managed to land a helicopter she was flying to the island. She didn’t have a pilots license, but there she was flying the machine just like someone who didn’t know how to fly a helicopter.
“I could see the whites of their eyes,” Windel said of onlookers, according to an interview she gave to journalist Graydon Carter’s digital news weekly, Air Mail, in an article published Saturday morning.
During one work trip to the island, Windel told the outlet that she watched nervously as Maxwell recklessly piloted a helicopter to the island.
“I’m watching in absolute horror a helicopter coming in from Tortola flying incredibly low — they’re not supposed to fly that low!” Windel said.
“I was waiting for the helicopter to graze the tops of the many sailboats anchored in St. Thomas’s Christmas Cove,” she revealed, and said she was nervous because the helicopter was putting the boaters in harm’s way as the chopper wobbled “40 feet from their heads.”
After she landed on the island’s helipad, Maxwell allegedly got out laughing her head off.
“She popped out and came bopping up the road, giggling and commenting on her navigation skills.
“At that point I lost it,” says Windel. “I was so angry, I let her have it with both barrels.”
Windel said Andrew once had her laughing in stitches by jokingly complaining about a mosquito bite he got on his “royal arse” as she rubbed him down once during her stint on the island between 1999 and 2004.
“When the massage was over he got very chatty and had me in stitches talking about the errant mosquito that had evaded its net the night before and bitten his ‘royal arse,’” Windel told the publication. Now that he has royal blood, maybe the family should Knight the mosquito.
Windel said Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged best friend, procurer, and right-hand-woman, was on the island all the time with the billionaire and carried herself with an air of invincibility.
The elderly masseuse, the outlet revealed, by some means evaded signing an NDA, told the blog that rumors swirled of underage girls on Epstein’s infamous Caribbean hideaway. She better hire a food taster.
Before committing suicide (wink wink) in his jail cell last year, the convicted pedophile was accused of forcing young women, many who were also underage, into taking part in sex orgies at the US Virgin Islands property. Allegedly, Maxwell groomed the younger ones for what they had to do.
Apparently, Epstein would have the elite of society come to visit the island, including Prince Andrew, President Bill Clinton, and other high-ranking guests, sending his private plane to pick them up.
Typically he’d fly top guests — including former President Bill Clinton — to the island on his private plane.
One of many planes was nicknamed the “Lolita Express” for the younger women who were regularly aboard.
On Friday, it came out that back in 2015, Epstein’s one-time friend/associate, Donald Trump, who had by then severed ties after finding out what Epstein really was, joked to reporters that they should ask Prince Andrew what went on at the “cesspool” island.