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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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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Buys Entire Texas Town

‘No Plans Yet’, Cuban Says About His Purchase of Abandoned Texas Town of Mustang

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Forget becoming Mayor of a town, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is now the owner of a town.  Cuban reportedly purchased the entire town of Mustang, Texas. The town is virtually abandoned with no current residents, “and it’s been several years since the last two businesses, Wispers Cabaret strip club and Lion’s Den adult bookstore, operated” reports NBC News.

In a brief email explaining the purchase to NBC News on Friday, Cuban wrote “did it to help out a friend. No plans yet!” The town of Mustang is roughly 65 miles south of American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to Mike Turner, president of Dallas real estate firm J. Elmer Turner, the town had been for sale on the market about four years, listed after the principal owner Marty Price became ill and decided to sell.

Price was an attorney who died this past August; a devoted basketball fan with Mavericks floor seats. “Mark Cuban stepped up, and it was a natural for him to buy it” Turner told NBC News. “With his resources and imagination, I’m sure there are endless possibilities.”

Turner did not reveal the final sales price but admitted it closed last month for less than the $4 million asking price. Jerry Newsom, chief of the volunteer fire department in the neighboring town of Angus, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth “we’re excited to have him as our neighbor here, and we’re excited for the growth and the potential it has.”

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