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MINNEAPOLIS – The prosecution and defense have rested their respective cases in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
What happens now in the trial of the man charged in the death of George Floyd?
Judge Peter Cahill told the 14 members of the jury to return to court on Monday at 9:00 a.m. CDT and be ready to hear final arguments from lawyers on both sides. Thereafter, Cahill will brief the jurors of the laws in the case before the panel members begin their judgment. Two members of the jury are informed that they were substitutes and will not be taking part in the deliberations.
The jury is confiscated during its deliberations.
Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s Memorial Day death. If convicted on the most serious charges, he faces a 10½ to 15 year prison sentence under the Guidelines for First-Time Offenders. He could get a shorter term.
What happens next?
On Monday, a prosecutor and a defense attorney will summarize the respective evidence and testimony. During these closing statements, they will try to get the judges to focus on the key elements and what they argue that those elements have proven.
After the attorneys are finished, Cahill will brief the jurors of the laws they must follow during their deliberations. He will explain each charge against Chauvin and the legal elements underlying those charges.
The judges must decide whether or not the government has proven beyond doubt all elements of a particular charge. The defense has no burden of proof and Chauvin is presumed innocent unless convicted in court.
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What are jury consultations?
The jury usually retreats to a secure courtroom with a court marshal on guard outside. Although they have been together in court since the trial began in March, this is the first time they have been together to speak about the case and review all testimony and evidence.
You are allowed to inspect any exhibits that have been entered as evidence. You are allowed to study a specific testimony from each witness. The jurors can send written communications to the judge for any questions that may arise.
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What does it mean to confiscate the jury?
During the deliberations, the court provides the jury with meals and sets them up for the night in a hotel where the marshals will ensure safety. The jury is not allowed to discuss the case with others, or even with each other, when they are outside the deliberation room.
Does the jury have to be unanimous?
For a guilty verdict, yes. If jurors feel they cannot pass judgment on a particular charge, they will report it to Cahill. The judges usually instruct the jury to go back and keep trying, listening carefully to each other’s arguments and opinions.
What happens if the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision?
If disagreements persist, the judge can declare a mistrial on one or more charges. The prosecution, in this case the Minnesota attorney general, would then regroup and decide whether to retry chauvin.
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How long will it be before a judgment is reached?
Each process is different, making it difficult to accurately predict the length of the deliberations of the jury. Seasoned law enforcement officials told the US TODAY that Minnesota juries have usually passed judgments within days, especially if they are seized.
On Thursday, Cahill said to the jury, “If I were you, I would plan long (considerations) and hope short.” Earlier this week he told them to “pack a bag” when they returned to court the next week.