GUILTY MN - George Floyd, 46, died in custody, Minneapolis, 25 May 2020 #19 - Chauvin Jury Deliberations #2

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  1. kittythehare

    kittythehare Well-Known Member

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    Mary Moriarty has been a public defender for 31 years.
    She was asked to weigh in on the Judge's comments regarding MW.
    This is her response

    The Chauvin trial is only one step in reforming the criminal legal system. The verdict will be significant, but we should only think of it as the beginning. I interpreted her comments as encouraging people to continue to protest, but also to be more assertive in urging policy
    change. She flew here from California to talk to protesters and encouraged one young Black woman to run for office. She is an icon to many, especially in the Black community. I am disappointed the judge would call her out by name, essentially.


    The judge didn’t call out policy makers by name who participated in the press conference announcing the settlement during jury selection. Calling her comments “abhorrent,” and suggesting her words might make a difference on appeal after everything that’s happened in this case?

    Once again, community members see the double standard. Comments like this further erode the trust of the community in the criminal legal system.
    https://twitter.com/MaryMoriarty/status/1384490654823223296?s=20
     
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  2. kkdj

    kkdj Well-Known Member

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    I would think jurors would decide to convict or acquit on the merits of the case. But this has so much social pressure added to it. I'm not positive all the jurors can keep that out of their decisions. I hope so, but not sure. It does sound like a strong educated bunch of hopefully mature thinkers tho.
    Imo, they are more than likely aware of Maxine Water's statement from Saturday. How could they not be? One wouldn't need to listen to the news.
    moo
     
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  3. RANCH

    RANCH United we stand, divided we fall

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    House Democrats have problem with Waters after judge calls her out
    House Democrats have problem with Waters after judge calls her out
     
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  4. Inthedetails

    Inthedetails Well-Known Member

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    And it's just not good for the system. Her job in the government is a lawmaker. She is not part of the judicial system. She can make a difference with legislation. Leave the judicial system to do its duty.

    jmo

    ETA: I don't think her words had a particularly big impact, except to give social media and msm something to talk about.
     
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  5. Rocky1

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    I ask myself... if what this Judge says is true, and he really believes this, then why did he get so upset when comments from public officials were made at the beginning of the trial?
     
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  6. Rocky1

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    You may be right, but I'd think that would all depend on where the count stands at the time they cave. (if they cave)
     
  7. kkdj

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  8. oceanblueeyes

    oceanblueeyes Well-Known Member

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    Hmm now that is a great question.

    Could they perhaps have plexiglass dividing each juror in the deliberations?

    Jmho
     
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    tara83 Well-Known Member

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    <modsnip: Quoted post was removed>

    I respect the police officers who put their lives on the line and who choose to do the right thing.I don't support men like Derek Chauvin who chose to be a bully and kill a man.My brother is a police officer who wants Chauvin convicted and thinks he give police a bad name.
     
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  10. Inthedetails

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    I interpreted as he doesn't like one branch commenting on another branch in general, not that her words had a particular impact on the case. I think he was looking at a bigger picture, which is why he specifically mentioned the two co-equal branches of government.

    My impressions only, may not match what others think.

    jmo
     
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  11. In vino veritas

    In vino veritas Well-Known Member

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    Was the jury specifically advised to avoid social media? I don’t recall.
     
  12. Rocky1

    Rocky1 Well-Known Member

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    I may be wrong, but what I think he said was "don't watch the news on tv, and don't talk to anyone."
    I don't remember him mentioning anything about social media.
    Even "don't talk to anyone" imo is rather vague. Does this mean don't talk to your family? Don't talk to the cashier at the grocery store?
     
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  13. Rhozwen

    Rhozwen Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been able to find how this specific jury deliberation room is configured, but I have read through other state's guidelines. If the jury deliberation room is big enough, tables will be placed in a square and seats placed around to maintain distance. If the jury room is not big enough, then deliberations will be in a jury lounge if large enough or in the gallery of another court room.

    I imagine their tables will be similar to the defense and prosecution tables with plexiglass dividers, but this is just my guess.

    What I did find was as follows:

    The Minnesota Judicial Branch COVID-19 Preparedness Plan states:

    1. Social distancing must be maintained at all times between all court personnel, jurors and parties in attendance in the courtroom. With that in mind, consider installing partitions if feasible where social distancing would be encroached upon during a brief interaction of 15 minutes or less (e.g., the bench for a quick consultation, an attorney conferring with their client, etc.). However, partitions/barriers are an added exposure control measure and are not to be used in lieu of the required 6 feet of social distancing requirement, or the wearing of face coverings.

    2. Refer to jury trial recommendations for further information.



    Jury Trial Recommendations state:

    "A. Space: Ensure that the space for jury deliberations is measured and obviously marked for social distancing. If deliberations will take place in the courtroom, be mindful of additional tasks to include: turn off audio and recording, put away legal reference materials, remove clocks, etc.

    B. Provide a plan to the jury for maintaining social distancing and how to respond if they need assistance doing so.

    C. Juror Amenities: Provide single serve beverages and individually packaged meals and snacks. Communal beverages and food should not be used.

    D. Exhibits: Plan for a safe method of handling exhibits during deliberations, being mindful of electronic exhibits."


    Links:

    https://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CIOMediaLibrary/COVID-19/MJB-COVID-19-Preparedness-Plan.pdf


    https://mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CIOMediaLibrary/COVID-19/Statewide-JMRT-Recommendations-for-Jury-Trials.pdf
     
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  14. oceanblueeyes

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    Imo, it was really both. Like throwing more gas on the already simmering fire.

    I still don't even understand why she came when she represents another state, and not this one.

    I did read she asked for police security when she was there. So did this city, and state she doesn't even represent have to pick up the tab while she was there I wonder?

    She has so many serious issues happening in her own city, and state that she could have addressed. I'm sure her own citizens would have liked hearing her address them.

    Jmho
     
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  15. Tom_Servo

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    This case might be a slam dunk for some, maybe even this jury, but almost every poll out there indicates it's not.
     
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  16. Rocky1

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    I couldn't agree more.
     
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    And what floors me when I speak to others, they say guilty or not guilty (as I did with someone this am) and they had NO IDEA of which charge, nor did they even know 3 charges.

    SMDH. And these perhaps may be similar to the most vocal. The have NO idea of the charges, the have NO idea of the elements, they have NO idea of the 5 aggravating motions by the State.

    Reminds me of COVID thread.. *spins head around 5 times*
     
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  18. tara83

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    That tells me a lot about the world we live in.
     
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    A plurality of voters said they believe former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, should be found guilty in the murder of George Floyd, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

    Forty-seven percent of registered voters in the April 16-19 survey said Chauvin should be found guilty while 20 percent said he should be found innocent.

    Thirty-three percent of respondents said they are not sure.

    Poll: Plurality say Chauvin should be found guilty
     
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  20. Rocky1

    Rocky1 Well-Known Member

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    IMO she came because there were cameras and she wanted the most coverage as possible. All for votes.
    If she actually believes these are "peaceful protests" like she always claims, then why the need for security?
     
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