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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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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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