Bloomberg Law
March 17, 2021, 2:48 PM

Settlement With Floyd Family Jeopardizes Accused Killer’s Trial (1)

Ayanna Alexander
Ayanna Alexander

The trial of George Floyd’s accused killer, Derek Chauvin, lost two jurors Wednesday after they said Minneapolis’ $27 million civil settlement tainted their view of the murder trial.

Publicity over the settlement threatens to upend the trial with Judge Peter Cahill planning to decide by Friday whether the case should be halted or moved to another court in response to motions from Chauvin’s attorneys. Attorneys said the city’s unusual decision to announce the settlement just as the criminal trial begins could prevent Chauvin from receiving a fair hearing.

“It is very difficult for Mr. Chauvin to get a ...

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