Derek Chauvin's team of lawyers are asking for a change of venue and also a trial delay, due to the possible influence of news that a civil settlement was reached between the city and the Floyd estate.
Said lawyer Eric Nelson before the presiding judge, "I am gravely concerned with the news that broke on Friday related to the civil settlement. The fact that this came in the exact middle of jury selection is perplexing to me, your honor."
According to The Hill, the presiding justice, Peter Cahill, decided that the trial would be postponed and the venue changed, but that jury selection would continue as planned. Seven jurors have already been selected.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher admitted that the timing was awkward, but nonetheless, argued that the trial should continue as planned:
"All I can say to the court is there are some things the state of Minnesota and this prosecution team can control, and there are some things it cannot control."
"We cannot control the civil aspect of the case, we cannot and do not control the Minneapolis City Council, and we certainly cannot and do not control the news cycle."
Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd while under arrest by Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
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