City of Minneapolis reaches an independent settlment with the Floyd family…
…just in time to jeopardize the Chauvin trial.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called it a milestone. The city council unanimously approved the settlement.
Announcing the settlement in the middle of jury selection for the murder trial of Derek Chauvin confused legal experts.
“It was absolutely terrible timing, I would say for both sides,” said Mary Moriarty, the former chief public defender in Hennepin County.
Prospective jurors in the trial can still be questioned about their thoughts on the settlement, but Moriarty says no one knows how the news will affect the seven already seated.
“Most jurors I think would perceive [the settlement] as the city’s belief that Chauvin did murder George Floyd and that they are liable,” Moriarty said.
It’s assumed that it’d be very difficult to insulate any jury from hearing about the settlement.
Given the Minneapolis City Council’s performance over the past year, it’s hard to guess whether it was incompetence, malice or arrogance.
I say “Its the Minneapolis City Council. Why choose?”