It has been reported that Derek Chauvin is likely to appeal his recent murder conviction.
But it doesn't look like he'll get very far...
It seems Derek Chauvin's defense attorneys are likely to make an appeal...
But legal experts say they're unlikely to overturn his conviction.
Now, we've seen a glimmer of hope in America's justice system this past month...
The highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.
The prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment the accused, Derek Chauvin, dug his knee into George Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
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Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
Never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...
And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.
Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch.
Days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.
The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...
And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.
Chauvin eventually spoke for the first time on April 15th.
He invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not risk making self-incriminating statements, laying to rest speculation over whether or not he would take the stand.
It was the only time Chauvin's voice was heard in court, other than in videos played to the jury of him kneeling on Floyd.
Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, questioned him about his decision on testifying, mentioning that they had spoken multiple times about whether Chauvin should testify in a "lengthy meeting."
"Have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your Fifth Amendment privilege?" Nelson asked.
"I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today," Chauvin replied.
However, despite his defense's best efforts...
Things didn't go in Chauvin's favor.
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
It was then confirmed that Chauvin has been placed on suicide watch and under the highest security.
As authorities are concerned about violence towards him from other prisoners, too.
It's to be expected, given the circumstances of his crime.
However, now it seems Chauvin will likely appeal his conviction...
"There is no question that Chauvin will appeal," Somil Trivedi, senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, said.
"He has every statutory right to and his lawyer would be sort of wrong not to, as a matter of defense ethics and things of that nature. But from what I saw in the trial, I don't see anything there."
Mike Lawlor, associate professor at the University of New Haven and a nationally recognized expert on criminal justice reform, believes Chauvin's conviction will stick...
"If you had one of the jurors give an interview now that says, 'Look, I had my doubts, but I was afraid what would happen to me if I voted not guilty?'" Lawlor said. "I mean, if you've got that, you may not even need an appeal to get a mistrial."
Chauvin's defense attorney, Eric Nelson, had suggested moving elsewhere due to the case being so high profile...
Nelson asked the judge to delay Chauvin's trial after the attorney for Floyd's family announced a $27 million settlement during the jury selection.
Judge Peter Cahill denied and anti-police brutality protests were rife throughout the trial...
Lawlor said he agrees with the judge's decision to stay in Minneapolis.
"Where in the country would the mood be different than it was in Minneapolis to have such a trial, right? I mean, where?" said Lawlor.
"Second, people had a lot of things to say, right up and down the line, but you would actually need evidence that it actually did affect the jury's decision."
Lawlor said Chauvin's attorney will likely wait to appeal until after the sentencing...
But he doubts it will be successful. And says that if it did go ahead, federal prosecutors could use civil rights charges with harsher penalties.
"Chauvin might want to quit while he's ahead, and probably should wait until he gets some sentence," Lawlor said. "If he gets 40 years, it's one thing."
"I think it's extremely unlikely that they're going to be successful," he added. "The arguments they're going to make are predictable, and they more or less already made them."
The other 3 police officers who were present when George Floyd was killed are due to be tried later this year.
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