Lying or not, juror gives Chauvin attorneys appeal opportunity

Friday, May 7, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

jury boxA juror who helped convict ex-police officer Derek Chauvin has given defense attorneys an opportunity to win a mistrial if they can convince the court the juror lied before being seated, says a former prosecutor.

"The question that Chauvin's attorney is going to attempt to demonstrate is that this juror lied," Abraham Hamilton III, a former assistant district attorney, says of the revelation that Brandon Mitchell attended a Washington, D.C. protest march in August 2020.

“The opportunity to go to D.C., the opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of black people,” Mitchell told reporters, “I just thought it was a good opportunity to be a part of something."

During jury selection, Mitchell twice answered “no” on a jury questionnaire that asked about past participation in demonstrations. Lying on the form is a crime.

Mitchell has also told the media he attended the event because it commemorated Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech and claimed it was “100 percent” not a march to protest the killing of George Floyd.

According to The Star Tribune newspaper, it is true speakers urged the crowd to register to vote, and to demand racial justice, but Floyd’s family members also addressed the crowd. Not only that, the Tribune states, but the 2020 event served as a “rallying point” to announce a federal police reform bill called the George Floyd Justice Act.

Hamilton

A photo of Mitchell at the march shows him wearing a t-shirt with the words “Get Your Knees Off Our Necks” and “BLM” for Black Lives Matter.

Mitchell has told reporters he doesn’t remember wearing the t-shirt.

Mirroring the advice from Hamilton, a defense attorney told the Tribune that a judge must be convinced by defense attorneys that Mitchell lied on the questionnaire or lied during jury selection.

Hamilton, who is now general counsel at the American Family Association, made his comments on American Family Radio. 


Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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