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Chauvin seeks new trial over juror in BLM t-shirt

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Two weeks since Derek Chauvin was initially found guilty of George Floyd’s murder, his lawyer Eric Nelson filed for a new trial Tuesday citing “jury misconduct.”

In the filing, Nelson alleges that the jury “committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings.” This comes after reports that one juror, Brandon Mitchell, was pictured in BLM regalia. The photo showed him wearing a t-shirt that read “Get your knee off our neck.” A BLM’s protest in Washington D.C. is in the background.

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When Mitchell was asked if he had participated in protests over George Floyd or police brutality, he answered “no.”

Now, Nelson is claiming that even one corrupt juror could lead to “jury intimidation and fear of retribution among jurors” in his filing.

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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”

Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

 

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