Former U-S Attorney for Minnesota Tom Heffelfinger says the defense’s request for Derek Chauvin to get a new trial is not surprising.

“I don’t know whether they will succeed in reversing the case, and I don’t know that they will succeed at this time, but I do think individually and cumulatively these are motions that are based on fact.”

Attorney Eric Nelson cited prosecutorial and judicial misconduct as two of the reasons for the request. Nelson is also requesting a hearing to impeach the verdict based “on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct.”  Chauvin was convicted last month on three counts in the death of George Floyd.