Supreme Court declines to review Derek Chauvin appeal

The former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd will not have his case reconsidered by the nation’s highest court.

The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of former police officer Derek Chauvin for a new trial in the murder of George Floyd.

Driving the news: Chauvin and his legal team argued that his trial was held during a time of political turmoil, and the jury was influenced by the possibility of violent riots if he had been acquitted.


  • The Minnesota Supreme Court also declined to hear the case, upholding Chauvin’s conviction.

The big picture: Chauvin is currently serving a prison sentence of more than 22 years for the murder of George Floyd.

  • Chauvin recently filed a separate motion claiming new evidence that he believes exonerates him, including a theory from a Kansas pathologist who suggests Floyd died from complications of a rare tumor called a paraganglioma.
  • Chauvin is seeking to have his civil rights conviction thrown out and to have a new trial or a hearing to present the new evidence.
  • Floyd’s death, which occurred after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly 10 minutes, sparked widespread protests and riots across the US.
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