Jun 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Judge denies Derek Chauvin's retrial request hours before sentencing

Law enforcement officers transferring Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis in September 2020.
Law enforcement officers transfer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis in September 2020. Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill denied former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's request for a retrial, according to NBC News.

Why it matters: Cahill's denial ensures that Chauvin will be sentenced for the murder of George Floyd later that same day.

The big picture: Cahill wrote in a ruling Thursday night that Chauvin's defense "failed to demonstrate ... the Court abused its discretion or committed error such that Defendant was deprived of his constitutional right to a fair trial," as it claimed in its request for a retrial, according to CNN.

  • Cahill also said Chauvin's defense did not demonstrate prosecutorial or juror misconduct.
  • Minnesota prosecutors are seeking a 30-year sentence for Chauvin, but he could receive a shorter sentence because state guidelines recommend a maximum of 15 years for a person with no criminal history.

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