Predicting the Outcome of Derek Chauvin’s Trial

Only two possible verdicts in the Derek Chauvin’s trial: “Mistrial” or “Second-degree Murder”. Whatever the outcome, Derek Chauvin’s fate will become a catalyst for right-wing and left-wing extremist-group violence.

As Chauvin’s murder trial for the death of George Floyd continues in Minneapolis, anarchists and white supremacists are already attempting to exploit activities and events surrounding the legal proceeding. White supremacists are already saying online that the Chauvin trial could lead to a race war and “black separatist groups” may target law enforcement officers or government property if Chauvin is acquitted, if there is a mistrial, or if a potential sentencing is seen as too lenient.

Chauvin will not be acquitted. He will be convicted of manslaughter, the best possible outcome the prosecution team may wish for. There is no way the prosecution may prove the required intent for murder. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for Floyd’s death, and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted for second-degree murder and a much more lenient sentence if only convicted for second-degree manslaughter

Chauvin is most certainly guilty of “culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another.” If convicted of second-degree manslaughter, Chauvin is looking at a possible sentence to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both.

If acquitted, something that is very unlikely, expect the worse.

Michel Ouellette JMD


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