Legal specialists seem divided on whether He'll testify
As the nation begins to wind down its case from the prior Minneapolis authorities officer accused of murdering George Floyd last May, legal specialists are contemplating whether Derek Chauvin's defense attorney will call him to the stand.
Joe Friedberg, a veteran defense lawyer, told the Star Tribune which a lot of the situation focuses on Chauvin's state of mind throughout the fatal incident. He explained the"best man to inform us about that could be Chauvin, which means you may truly be made to place him in this circumstance."
The newspaper pointed out that Eric Nelson, Chauvin's lawyer, hasn't indicated whether his client will testify. Nelson, 46, manages cases which range from drunken driving arrests into homicides, and is among a dozen lawyers who take turns using a police marriage legal defense fund to signify officers charged with offenses.
He's gone hard and always at his main message: that Floyd's ingestion of illegal drugs is to blame for his departure, instead of something Chauvin did. Expert witnesses for the prosecution have claimed drugs didn't kill Floyd.
Mary Moriarty, a former Hennepin County chief public defender, told USA Today that Chauvin could testify"when he could add something to their situation, (such as ) his view on which he did." She called it a potential last-minute work.
She advised KARE 11 the nation could wrap up its case by calling another medical opinion and with'Spark of Life' testimony, that could enable Floyd's relatives to"speak about who the individual was in life"
The newspaper also talked to Joseph Daly, a professor in Mitchell Hamline School of Law, who cited the 17 past complaints from Chauvin.
"The most important danger of him is that the prosecution will place in its whole case again--during its cross of Mr. Chauvin, and of course his poor behaviour in different circumstances."