Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin just waived his right to testify to the jury at his trial for the deadly arrest last May of George Floyd.
The defense also told Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill it would call no more witnesses after two days of testimony. Prosecutors from the Minnesota attorney general’s office said they would call at least one rebuttal witness.
His lawyers called an expert on the use of force to tell the jury that Chauvin’s use of force was appropriate, contradicting the Minneapolis police chief, who testified that it far exceeded an appropriate response.
NELSON: “And have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your Fifth Amendment privilege?”
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CHAUVIN: “I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today.”
UNKNOWN MALE: “Mr. Chauvin, I’m going to ask you directly because the decision whether or not to testify — let me take this off — is entirely yours. In other words, it’s a personal right. Mr. Nelson makes a lot of the decisions in trial. But what he cannot make for you is whether or not you testify. And he can give you had vice and you can take that advice or reject that advice. But the decision ultimately has to be yours and not his. Is this your decision not to testify?”
CHAUVIN: “It is, your honor.”
UNKNOWN MALE: “All right. Do you have any questions about your right to remain silent or to testify in your own behalf?”
CHAUVIN: “Not at this time I don’t.”
UNKNOWN MALE: “All right. Does anyone promise anything or threatened you in any way to keep you from testifying?”
CHAUVIN: “No promises or threats, your honor.”
UNKNOWN MALE: “Do you feel your decision not to testify is a voluntary one on your behalf?”
CHAUVIN: “Yes, it is.”
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org