I have watched the entire trial of Derek Chauvin up to this point in time. To this end, I offer my opinion of the proceedings.
The State made a fine opening argument, right away playing the ugly tape of Chauvin pinning the handcuffed Floyd to the ground with his knee. Testimony from other police was cogent evidence that Chauvin used excessive force on Jacobs.
The response by Defendant’s lawyer Nelson was acceptable. He did nothing wrong, however, it surprised me that he focused, I think prematurely, on the standard of reasonable doubt. In my opinion, he should have declared forthrightly that the evidence will show that Mr. Chauvin is not guilty of all charges against him. Nelson did not make any grave errors, what he said was factual and concise. His trial performance did not evince much charismatic allure.
Today my opinion of Nelson increased substantially, so much so, that I believe he will win the case. His cross examination of a state witness was so successful, the witnesses testimony seemed as if he was a paid expert witness for the defendant not the state. Incredibly damaging to the state’s case is the witnesses agreement that when shown from various angles, Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd’s shoulder and did not impinge his neck. Nelson did a masterful job of extracting admissions from the witness that will be, I think, insurmountable for the state to impeach. Already the state is calling Chauvin’s tactic as applying pressure “to the neck area.”
Other damaging testimony drawn from the state’s witness was agreement that the crowd was hostile toward the police, called them various names, threatened them with violence, and indeed exhibited the potential to intercede violently in the arrest.
Once Nelson follows with expert medical testimony, analysis of the state’s autopsy, and testimony of police restraint measures by law enforcement experts,it is unlikely for a jury even in Minneapolis to convict Chauvin.
IMO, Floyd did not die from asphyxiation at the hands of Chauvin. He died because asphyxiation is a common effect from ingesting three times the lethal limit of fentanyl mixed with two other drugs while also having severely occluded blood vessels, and three times the normal amount of fluid inside of his lungs.
Sorry liberals, the five time loser was responsible for his own death, and the City of Minneapolis unjustly awarded his family $27 million dollars. This is justice in a liberal venue: a burned down city and $27 million awarded to the thug’s family. After the trial, do you suppose the Democrats are going to comport themselves peacefully? In a pig’s eye.