A photo from August 2020 has surfaced showing Brandon Mitchell, a juror on the Derek Chauvin trial wearing Black Lives Matter (BLM) and George Floyd-related apparel. Mitchell’s hat read “BLM,” and his shirt also had the George Floyd related quote “Get Your Knee off Our Necks,” encircling a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As reported by the Post Millennial on Sunday, Mitchell, Juror #52, had told Judge Cahill on March 15, 2020, that he had no knowledge of the case prior to his summons. FOX 9 reporter Paul Blume had reported that Mitchell’s comments were ones explaining that his knowledge of the case was nothing more than “basic info about trial dates… from the news in recent months, but nothing that would keep him from serving as [an] impartial juror.”
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 2, 2021
The reported picture seemingly stands in direct conflict with his previous comments and thus, calls into question the impartiality and legitimacy of the trial.
Already, conservatives like the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro have weighed in, calling the revelation “a pretty strong case for a mistrial” given that “at least one of these jurors was apparently an activist.”
OANN’s Jack Posobiec, in his reporting on Twitter Live, notes that Mitchell “was not public… until he personally came out.” Posobiec, too, indicated that alongside being pictured wearing BLM apparel, Mitchell had also attended a racial justice rally known as “The March on Washington” in Washington D.C., where the Floyd family was present and were speakers.
Here’s the moment Juror #52 (Brandon Mitchell) from the Chauvin trial talks about jury duty as a means for societal change. pic.twitter.com/xewZitQXvq
— Janet (@janetburke27) May 2, 2021
On April 27, Mitchell appeared on Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell and described the importance of jury duty as an opportunity to “try to spark some change.” However, given his reported activism being recently discovered, such calls into question his claims of impartiality.
Motions for a new trial and a hearing to impeach the verdict were already filed by Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, on May 4, 2021. The document states that his client was not provided a fair trial due to “prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial” and that such contributed to the finding of a “verdict that is contrary to the law.”
NBC News reported that John Stiles, Deputy Chief of Staff to Minnesota Attorney General, released a statement on Tuesday in response to Nelson’s requests for a new trial.
“The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”
Chauvin, on April 21, was found guilty of second and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin is currently looking at 12 ½ years in prison, given that this is his first offense, but USA Today is reporting that the prosecution is pushing for a more substantial sentence that could be up to 30 years.
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