The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday denied former Minneapolis cops Officer Derek Chauvin’s request to be a public defender represents him as he appeals his murder sentence and the death penalty. George Floyd.
The state’s High Court said that Chauvin has not established that he is entitled to a public defender.
Chief Justice Laurie Gildea wrote that the judges made the decision after reviewing information about Chauvin’s debts and assets, as well as prior determinations from the Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender.
The Supreme Court said that Chauvin may seek a public defender in the future if he is unable to pay for an attorney.
Chauvin filed documents last month saying he intends to appeal his conviction and conviction on 14 grounds, including that his trial should be transferred from Hennepin County and the jury be separated. Was.
Chauvin also filed an affidavit stating that he had no lawyer in the appeals process, and had no income other than modest prison wages. The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association’s Legal Defense Fund paid for his case before Judge Peter Cahill. Chauvin wrote: “I have been informed that his obligation to pay for my representation has ceased upon my conviction and sentence.”
Chauvin was indicted in April on state charges of second-degree unintentional manslaughter, third-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s 2020 death. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years.
Chauvin has been charged in federal court with violating Floyd’s civil rights after he knelt on the black man’s neck for nearly 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was facing on the sidewalk, not protesting. and was pleading for air. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.