Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in court this morning (9am) to change his not-guilty plea to federal civil rights charges in the death of George Floyd. Hamline University Professor David Schultz says:
“Opens up the potential now also whether or not Derek Chauvin perhaps will now maybe testify against the other officers, both in the civil rights trial and in the pending (state) criminal trial that the other three officers face.”
Schultz suspects Chauvin might be trying to strike a deal with prosecutors:
“Makes one wonder also how this might eventually affect decisions down the line regarding perhaps any, let us say, slack he might be cut down the line in terms of how much time he serves in prison.”
Schultz says because Chauvin still seems to be pursuing an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction in state court, it’s difficult to figure out his legal strategy.