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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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House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel

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Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.

“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.

House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.

“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.

“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.

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