Supreme Court Refuses Derek Chauvin’s Appeal in George Floyd Murder CaseNovember 20, 2023
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin’s appeal in the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin had asked the court to hear his case after the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to do so this year. He was convicted and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison in 2021. Chauvin also pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations and received an additional sentence. He is serving both sentences concurrently. Chauvin’s lawyers argued that his Minnesota trial was tainted by negative publicity and racial tensions in Minneapolis, making it impossible for him to receive a fair trial. Floyd’s murder sparked global protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Three other former Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s death were also charged and convicted. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao are serving shorter sentences.