Professor Seth Stoughton takes the stand despite defense request to exclude his testimony
Professor Seth Stoughton took the stand as an expert witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.
Stoughton is Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina, where he studies law enforcement and the use of force.
The defense had filed a motion to oppose his appearance, arguing that the state had already called a number of use-of-force experts, including several members of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill allowed Stoughton to speak, but placed limits on his testimony, saying he could testify about national standards for the use of force and the whether or not he believed the crowd in this case could have been a factor in Chauvin’s response.
George Floyd’s brother testifies in Derek Chauvin murder trial
The prosecution called George Floyd’s brother to the stand on Monday.
Philonise Floyd is the second “spark of life” witness to testify. Jurors have already heard from Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross who testified that, like so many Americans, they have a common struggle with opioid addiction.
“Floyd and I, our story is a classic story of how many people are addicted to opioids,” Ross said. “We both suffered from chronic pain. Mine was on my neck and his was on his back.”
The “Spark of Life” testimony aims to humanize Floyd and give jurors a more complete view of who he was. By calling Ross to the stand, prosecutors have sought to control the narrative of his drug struggle.
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Rich says he has “a high degree of medical certainty” Floyd did not die of a drug overdose
During his testimony, cardiologist Dr Jonathan Rich confirmed much of what other medical experts called by the prosecution have said about the cause of death of George Floyd.
“Having considered all of the facts in the evidence of the case, I can state with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die of a primary cardiac event and that he did not die of drug overdose, ”Rich said.
“I felt pretty confident that Mr. Floyd had three medical issues,” Rich added: hypertension, anxiety, and drug addiction, but there was no evidence of heart disease.
Rich believes it was a lack of oxygen, caused by the officers’ restraint, that led to Floyd’s death.
Judge rejects motion to sequester jury amid unrest following police shooting
The Derek Chauvin murder trial judge ruled Monday not to sequester the jury in the case following protests in Minnesota over the fatal shooting of a black man by police.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill dismissed a defense request Monday morning to sequester the jury over civil unrest after 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot dead by police on Sunday during a stop for traffic violation. Wright’s death, a few miles from where George Floyd died, in the incident involving an officer, has again sparked protests and unrest in the state.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson argued that the “fairly extensive civil unrest” and fears that jurors may be biased in their verdict on such events should lead to jury sequestration. The prosecution was against the motion.
In his denial of the motion, Cahill said: “This is a totally different case.”
The judge added that such a request could have the opposite effect of the intended effect if the jury were suddenly sequestered and then believed there was a greater threat to their safety due to the recent unrest.
“It would be a different story if it was civil unrest following yet another verdict, where the jury can see what might be the consequences of a certain verdict in a similar case, but it’s not the case, ”he said.
Cahill said the jury will be sequestered once the testimony is over and both parties will begin their closing statements.
MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler said Chauvin’s defense never really expected jurors to be sent to a hotel room during the trial – but instead made the request as police insurance. Asking “that the jury be sequestered is really a defense … to preserve this issue on appeal,” said Butler.
Cardiologist Jonathan Rich takes the stand as expert witness for prosecution
Cardiologist Jonathan Rich took the stand on Monday as the first witness for the third week of testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Rich works at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is an associate professor at Northwestern University.
Rich will give his opinion on how he thinks George Floyd died.
He said it was his first time to testify in a trial.
Crowds protests after police near Minneapolis gun down black motorist
Police shot and killed a black man on Sunday during a traffic violation stop, sparking protests and unrest in a suburb a few miles from where George Floyd was killed in an arrest in Minneapolis last May.
The man killed by police has been identified by relatives and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz as 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
The state mobilized the National Guard after crowds gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Sunday night, and a curfew was ordered until Monday morning.
Stones and other objects were thrown at the Brooklyn Center Police Department building and shots were fired in the area of the police department, said John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. , during a press conference. The unrest came after police heard of a crowd of 100 to 200 people marching towards the police department.
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