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  1. Derek Chauvin convicted of murdering George Floyd Ex-Minneapolis police officer found guilty on all counts and faces up to 40 years in prison 46 minutes ago Derek Chauvin is set to be sentenced in eight weeks following his conviction © via Reuters A jury has convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, whose death last year set off worldwide protests against racial injustice. Chauvin, 45, was found guilty on all three charges — second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The second-degree murder count, the most serious of the three, carries a prison sentence of up to 40 years. Wearing a grey suit, a blue tie and a mask, Chauvin furrowed his brow only slightly when the verdict was read. He was led away in handcuffs and will be sentenced in eight weeks. Speaking after the verdict, Keith Ellison, the Minnesota attorney-general who led the prosecution, said: “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice.” The trial in Minneapolis has been one of the most closely watched US court cases in years, and comes at a time of calls for greater accountability when police kill people of colour while performing their duties. Jury selection began on March 9, and opening statements began on March 29. Jurors deliberated roughly 10 hours before announcing they had reached a verdict. A crowd of people gathered to hear the verdict outside the Minneapolis courthouse where the case was tried © Reuters In May last year, Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill. “What is important to think about for justice, is what justice looks like for George Floyd’s family,” said Ashley Howard, a University of Iowa professor who studies the history of African Americans in the Midwest. “Any conviction will never bring back their father, their partner, their friend. But if a conviction brings some closure for the family, then they can call that justice.” A crowd grew outside the Hennepin county government centre in downtown Minneapolis ahead of the verdict. One person led a familiar chat, shouting “Say his name”, to which the crowd responded “George Floyd”. The charges against Derek Chauvin Second-degree unintentional murder requires that prosecutors prove the defendant committed the murder while committing a felony — in Chauvin’s case, the alleged felony was assault. They did not need to prove an intent to kill, only an intent to commit the assault. The maximum penalty is 40 years in prison. Third-degree murder, which carries a 25-year maximum sentence, applies to a defendant who kills someone while committing an “eminently dangerous” act “and evincing a depraved mind”. Second-degree manslaughter requires proving that a defendant acted with “culpable negligence” by creating “an unreasonable risk” of killing someone. Defendants face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The city has expected protests after the verdict, regardless of the jury’s decision. The government centre has been barricaded with a fence topped with concertina wire since March. The National Guard increased troops in the metro area last week following civil unrest in a northern suburb after police shot a 20-year-old black man during a traffic stop. Six of the 12 jurors were white, four were black and two were multiracial, according to the Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune. The trial revolved around two issues: whether Chauvin’s use of force was justified and the precise cause of Floyd’s death. Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo took the stand to condemn Chauvin’s actions, while defence attorney Eric Nelson said force can be “awful but lawful” and that Chauvin should be judged on what any reasonable officer would have done in similar circumstances. Prosecution witnesses primarily cited asphyxia as Floyd’s cause of death, and medical examiner Andrew Baker said he died from cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement. A lawyer for Chauvin said Floyd died of cardiac arrhythmia, pointing to prior health problems and drug use. Race has been a central element of the trial and the attention around it, although both prosecutors and defence have tried to separate the court case from its social context. Police are rarely charged when they kill someone in the line of duty, let alone convicted. For Jada Brown, a Minneapolis protester who supports redirecting police department funding to social services, Chauvin’s conviction is “a first step. I don’t think it’s a victory.”
  2. https://nypost.com/2021/04/05/teens-accused-in-fatal-uber-carjacking-to-get-plea-deal-report/ Teens accused in fatal carjacking of Uber Eats driver to reportedly get cushy plea deal By Ben Feuerherd April 5, 2021 | 2:03pm | Updated The two teen girls accused of killing an Uber driver in a botched carjacking in Washington, DC, in March are expected to reach a plea deal with prosecutors in the case. The bargain should be reached in the coming days, but it’s unclear if it will fully resolve the case, according to the Washington Post. The girls are due back in court on April 20 to discuss the status of the case, the outlet said. The pair, ages 13 and 15, have been charged with felony murder, carjacking and armed robbery in the deadly incident, which they allegedly carried out near Nationals Park in the Southeast section of the nation’s capital. Under DC law, the 13-year-old can’t be charged as an adult — even in a murder case, according to the Post. The 15-year-old suspect could be charged as an adult, but that would increase the burden of proof on prosecutors, the report said. In juvenile court in the district, defendants who are found “responsible” — meaning guilty — may only be jailed until the age of 21, according to the outlet. Driver Mohammad Anwar, 66, was killed during the attempted carjacking last month as the two girls, allegedly armed with a Taser, tried to navigate the car down the street, cops said. Anwar, who was hanging onto the vehicle, was fatally injured when the girls crashed, according to cops. The Pakistani immigrant, who lived in nearby Virginia, suffered a head injury and later died, police said.
  3. https://nypost.com/2021/03/24/couple-busted-for-explicit-oral-sex-romp-in-florida/ Couple busted for explicit oral sex romp in Florida By Natalie O'Neill March 24, 2021 | 9:47pm Lauren Baugh and Grant Mulder were spotted getting frisky at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday in Largo Central Park. Pinellas County Sheriff/Facebook A man performing a sex act on a woman in a Florida park was busted by a cop — who wrote a detailed, erotic novel-style description of the romp in his police report. Grant Mulder, 48, and Lauren Baugh, 41, were spotted getting frisky at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday in Largo Central Park near Tampa Bay, according to police affidavits obtained by the Smoking Gun. “[She was] lying on her back with her legs spread apart and her vulva exposed as her boyfriend and co-defendant performed cunnilingus on her,” Officer Lawrence Trinka wrote in the police report. The wannabe romance-novelist cop added that cunnilingus is “better known as the union of the mouth with the vulva.” The couple’s steamy moment — which happened amid spring break crowds in the area — was potentially visible to park goers, motorists and pedestrians from a “highly trafficked roadway” nearby, according to the police report. There was an “indication of alcohol” about the lovebirds, who both have criminal histories, according to the report. Mulder was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, while Baugh is facing a rap for exposure of sexual organs. Baugh posted a $150 bond and was released from jail Sunday. Mulder entered a no contest plea and was found guilty by a judge, who fined him $600. Previously, Baugh has been arrested for burglary, theft, trespassing, and possession of an open container. Mulder’s rap sheet includes convictions for aggravated assault, grand theft, battery and disorderly intoxication.
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