Chauvin To Be Tried Separately in Floyd Case

St. Paul defense attorney Paul Applebaum, who is not involved in the case, said another factor the judge could have weighed in his decision to hold two separate trials was that the other defendants may not want Chauvin’s record of misconduct held against them by jurors. “The other obvious reason would be that the co-defendants...

Ex-officers in George Floyd case may seek venue change, raising questions of bias

“They have got to get this moved,” said Paul Applebaum, a Minnesota attorney, referring to the defense team. He said if they get a jury with mostly minority jurors, “they are cooked.” While ordering a new venue may be necessary to protect the defendants’ rights of due process and impartial jury, moving trials involving police...

The Sanctuary – Life in a cop-free zone

Part of the rage unleashed locally by Floyd’s killing centered on the brutal reputation of officers from the Third Precinct, whose population is largely black and Native American. Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who killed Floyd, had been the subject of seventeen excessive-force complaints, including one case in which the suspect died, and...

Yanez Could Head Back to Court with Civil Rights Lawsuit

Yanez is out of the woods even after a not guilty verdict. Applebaum represents clients who sue officers in federal court over civil rights violations stemming from use of force. He's not representing the Castile family, but if he were, he said he'd prepare them for a difficult fight. Yanez could head back to court with...