SCOTUS declines to hear Chauvin's appeal of George Floyd murder conviction
Catch up quick: Chauvin's lawyers had argued he was denied his right to a fair trial because of pretrial publicity and public safety concerns in the event of an acquittal, the AP reports.
- Footage of Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe sparked global protests.
Separately, Chauvin is seeking to overturn his federal civil rights convictions stemming from Floyd's murder, AP reports.
- He pleaded guilty to two charges of violating the civil rights of Floyd and a 14-year-old during a separate arrest in 2017 by using excessive force in each encounter.
- He was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the federal convictions.