Judge to Reveal Identities of Jurors on George Floyd Case

Judge to Reveal Identities of Jurors on George Floyd Case

(ReliableNews.org) – Radical Antifa members and Black Lives Matter activists rioted in US cities for more than a year following George Floyd’s murder last year. A jury of his peers convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s slaying in mid-April 2021. The judge presiding over the trial ordered jury members’ names to remain secret a minimum of 180 days after the verdict, citing safety concerns. However, that’s about to change.

On October 25, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter A. Cahill signed an order releasing the identities of the 15 jurors and alternates on Monday, November 1. The Minnesota judge also ordered the release of the jury’s signed verdict form and the written questionnaires of all 109 potential jurors formally evaluated by court officials.

In his written decision, Judge Cahill noted he saw no reason to think the jurors required further protection four months after the conclusion of Chauvin’s trial. He also said releasing jury members’ names wouldn’t interfere with the “fair and impartial administration of justice” in the upcoming trials for three other police officers charged for their roles in Floyd’s death.

Was it enough for the court to shield the identity of the jurors for six months, or should they continue to receive protection due to the high-profile nature of the murder and its aftermath?

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