On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis Police officer convicted in the infamous and widely publicized case involving the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was declared guilty in the case.
The former officer Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree homicide in 2021.
As a result of his conviction, Chauvin was given a twenty-year prison sentence.
Without elaborating, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
The high court is tasked with reviewing approximately 7,000 cases per year, of which it considers only about 100 appeals.
On Chauvin’s behalf, attorney William Mohrman lodged an appeal, contending, among other things, that his client was deprived of the fundamental right to a fair trial.
In 2020, videos of Chauvin’s ground-based detention of Floyd went viral, inciting rioting and demonstrations throughout the United States and Europe.
Mohrman contended that the venue of the trial, Minneapolis, the scene of the incident, effectively ensured Chauvin an unjust trial.