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Prosecutors Shoot Down Derek Chauvin's Request For List Of Witnesses Who Will Be Called To Testify In Federal Trial Over George Floyd's Death

Aug. 17 2021, Published 8:11 p.m. ET

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Prosecutors are fighting Derek Chauvin and his ex-cop buddies' request for a witness list in the upcoming federal trial over George Floyd's death.

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The convicted murderer and two of the former Minneapolis officers, who were at the arrest scene resulting in Floyd's 2020 death, are facing federal charges — and they want the prosecutions' list of witnesses.

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In documents obtained by Radar, Anders Folk — Acting United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota — is fighting back against Chauvin, Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao's demands.

According to the docs, the three ex-cops want the prosecution to "produce a list of all individuals it intends to call as a witness at trial," including the "name and address of each potential witness."

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Chauvin and Kueng want to be provided the list "one month in advance of trial," while Thao asks the disclosure of witnesses "be made six months before trial."

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Prosecutors argue that "the government is under no obligation to provide this information to the defense prior to trial."

Revealing they have yet to narrow down the list of witnesses they plan on calling to testify, Folk and his team are willing to meet the ex-cops halfway.

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Prosecutors agree "to provide, at least 30 days prior to trial, a potential witness list identifying the witnesses it may call in its case-in-chief, and expressly asks that a similar and reciprocal disclosure obligation be ordered for each defendant."

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In May 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Chauvin, Thao, Kueng, and former Minneapolis officer Thomas Lane on charges of violating George Floyd's civil rights during his 2020 arrest that led to his death.

Chauvin, Thao, and Kueng were each charged with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

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Lane was charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Thao, Kueng, and Lane were supposed to head to trial on August 23, but the judge pushed the date back to 2022.

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The reasoning? He wanted to distance their high-profile trials from Chauvin's murder trial.

In June, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.

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