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Judge Reverses Decision To Have State Pay Legal Fees for Derek Chauvin’s Appeal

Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer responsible for the murder of George Floyd has filed to appeal his murder conviction as of September 20 which was recognized by the courts on Sept 23. He requested and received approval by Judge Cahill for the State to pay $5,000 for his legal fees for his appeal. After we published our article, that decision was reversed.

Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison earlier this year, convicted of third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and second-degree unintentional murder. Chauvin’s appeal mentions Mohamed Noor, a Somali-American who killed a white woman, also a former Minneapolis police officer–who was originally sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for fatally shooting an innocent woman, and convicted of third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter. Noor’s third-degree murder charge–which consists of the max time he could be sentenced, was overturned. After serving a little over two years, he could be free as early as October this year according to legal experts. 

Though Chauvin is no longer represented by former attorney Eric Nelson (addressed in appeal), 14 issues were proposed in Chauvin’s appeal; a major one being his third-degree murder charge “in the wake” of the decision to overturn Noor’s withdrawn conviction. This would potentially result in less time for Chauvin, as for Noor. 

What can we expect the outcome of Chauvin’s appeal to be after Noor’s conviction was tossed?

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