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US police officer asks appeals court to overturn George Floyd murder conviction

The US police officer who was convicted of murdering unarmed Black man George Floyd has asked the court to overturn his murder conviction. Derek Charuvin, 46, argued to the appeals court that the extreme media attention and potential for riots had deprived him of a “fair” trial.

According to NDTV.com, Chauvin was convicted of murder in Minnesota back in 2021 and was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. His lawyer, William Mohrman, reportedly pleaded with a panel of judges yesterday to overturn his conviction, citing that the hearings had not been moved to a different location despite threats of violence around the courthouse venue.

“The primary issue on this appeal is whether a criminal defendant can get a fair trial… in a courthouse that is surrounded by concrete block, barbed wire, two armoured personnel carriers and a squad of National Guard troops, all of which are…

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