Chauvin is facing 40 years in prison. He believes he did nothing wrong, and probation is sufficient. He is asking the judge to sentence him to time served and let him out.
One of his biggest issues is the court not allowing the trial to be moved out of Hennepin County. He says the jury was subjected to a ton of attention surrounding the case at the time.
He said it was hard for locals to not be aware of updates in the case. He points to moments like Minneapolis agreeing to pay Floyd’s family $27 million as part of a civil lawsuit settlement.
His team also brought up a New York Times article that revealed Chauvin had worked out a plea deal with prosecutors.
In the plea, Chauvin agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge, but the Department of Justice shut down the deal. His team believes the leak of the plea information could have biased jurors.
Chauvin’s team said during the trial the police were involved in a separate shooting in the neighborhood. His lawyer said, “during trial, the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, where at least one of the jurors resided, occurred, resulting in riots, protests and curfews in Hennepin County.”
In the court documents, the lawyers even brought up a Saturday Night Live skit that mocked the defense’s case. They decided to go after Rep. Waters next.
They wrote, “Representative Maxine Waters of California, who attended a protest in Brooklyn Center just before the parties delivered their closings, warned that if Mr. Chauvin was acquitted, protestors must “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational.”
Chauvin says if the court had allowed the case to be heard at a different venue the jurors would not have been exposed to Waters comments or the protests surrounding police shooting Wright.
He also believes one jury member was untruthful during the selection process. Chauvin wants the entire conviction tossed immediately.