The Derek Chauvin case has been done to death, and
he got 22 years. But no one asked, wherefore a trial?
Every defendant has the option of a not guilty plea.
Obviously, he rejected their offer. And the $64 question is,
what did they offer? i.e. considering the facts of the case.
Then, what was his counsel's counsel? Perhaps they
told him he had slim chance, and he answered: I'm not
going into the slammer voluntarily, I'll roll the dice.
Or, did they encourage him, with the reasonable theory
that it's hard to convict a cop, there's the common
sympathy of "they have a tough job", and the defense
only needs one such juror.
All discussion of this topic is of course speculation.
But that's one of the functions of these boards, so
don't be shy -
PS Is he going to spend the whole time in protective custody?
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