MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Attorneys for three former Minneapolis officers pending trial in George Floyd’s death. It will go to court on Thursday to dispute pre-trial moves, including a request for prosecutors to be punished after media reports that Derek Chauvin planned to plead guilty last year. And the allegations that they did not disclose information about the alleged enforcement of witnesses.
Lawyers for Thomas Lane, J.Kueng and Tou Thao said they wanted the court to require the prosecuting attorney to submit their testimony under oath that they would not be held responsible for the media leak. In a filing late Wednesday, his attorneys also accused Hennepin County inspectors of compelled to include “strangulation”; in his findings – and prosecutors knew of the matter.
The former officer waived the right to appear at trial on Thursday. Their hearing is on Aug. 23.
Keith Ellison, the attorney general whose office is prosecuting officials, has said the allegations his office were involved in the leak were false. His office had no immediate comment on the allegations of coercion. A spokeswoman for Dr. Medical examiner Andrew Baker said they could not comment as it was pending trial.
ChauvinAs evidenced by the video widely seen by people pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck, as the black man said he was suffocating, was convicted in April for second-degree accidental manslaughter. Third degree and murder He will be sentenced on June 25..
Len Geung and the old man were charged with aiding and supporting second-degree murder and second-degree murder. Their trial was separated from Chauvin to comply with COVID-19 courtroom spacing restrictions.
Thao’s attorney Bob Paule said in a court filing on Wednesday that Baker initially said there was no physical evidence that Floyd died from suffocation. But after talking with Dr. Roger Mitchell, a former medical examiner in Washington, D.C. – he corrected his findings to include strangulation as a factor, according to Paule.
Paule said that in one conversation, Mitchell called Baker and told him he was going to send comments criticizing Baker’s findings to the Washington Post when Baker released the final autopsy results in On June 1, they included strangling Paule writing, and Mitchell never sent his pieces to the newspaper.
Mitchell, now chair of Howard University College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology, did not immediately respond to phone messages left at the department after hours.
Paul also aimed at Mitchell’s criticism of Dr. David Fowler, Chovin’s chief defense witness, testified that the former officer was not responsible for Floyd’s death. Mitchell sent a letter, signed by 431 doctors from around the country, to the Maryland Attorney General, saying Fowler’s conclusions were outside the scope of established forensic science practices that may have been subject to the law. Investigated all of his previous work
Maryland officials then announced they would investigate reports of all detained deaths during Fowler’s tenure.Paule said Mitchell’s allegations had a horrendous impact on the ability of Fowler. The old man in search of a medical professional without fear to testify on his behalf.
He said prosecutors had not yet provided protective evidence about Mitchell’s actions. He asked Thao’s case to be dismissed.
Paule also said in a February court filing that he wanted a state sanction order for “Its role, directly or indirectly, in highly biased information leaks in connection with the potential agreement of the co-defendant.”
The New York Times reported Feb. 10 that Chauvin was ready to plead guilty to third-degree murder charges last year, but Attorney General William Barr rejected the deal, the Associated Press published a similar report the next day citing it. To two law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the talks, Paule accused the leak from the state and asked anyone who did so to be barred from participating in the trial, Kueng’s attorney, Tom Plunkett, echoed. His statement
Ellison previously denied Paule’s move as “completely false and a novel attempt to disrespect the prosecution”.
Earl Gray, Lane’s attorney, has petitioned Judge Peter Cahill to force the state to disclose all reports of the use of force over the past 50 years that Minneapolis police officers have used force and staff. The other intervened verbally or physically. Gray said it was imperative to show jury no such intervention in the past 50 years, which would raise questions to state experts’ testimony about the duties of officials to intervene.
Prosecutors said the request should be rejected. They noted that the department’s policy required officers to intervene when excessive force was used, and said Gray did not demonstrate how expert testimony could be called into question by. Lack of interference
All four officials were also indicted on federal charges. Claiming they violated Floyd’s civil rights.
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