Hamline University legal analyst David Schultz says he’s not surprised by the Minnesota Supreme Court overturning the third-degree murder conviction of former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Damond:
“The construction of the third-degree murder statute really did require that you have to show what’s called more generalized intent, as supposed to a specific intent to kill a particular person.”
And Schultz indicates the high court throwing out Noor’s conviction has even broader implications:
“Effectively at this point, this throws out the third-degree murder conviction against Derek Chauvin.”
Schultz says he wouldn’t be surprised if Chauvin’s sentence is reduced, or if his defense attorney uses it as a basis for appealing Chauvin’s second-degree murder conviction.