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The Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdicts: Three Perspectives On The Legal And Social Justice Implications

A person reacts near Cup Foods after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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A person reacts at an impromptu memorial near the Cup Foods store after three guilty verdicts were announced Tuesday at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Mr. Chauvin was convicted of the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Three legal experts reflect on the rare judgment against the former Minneapolis cop who killed George Floyd.

Convicting cops of murder is a rare event, but McMillan’s testimony, the testimony of other eyewitnesses and experts, and the horrifying tape of Derek Chauvin resting his deadly knee on George Floyd’s neck proved to be insurmountable evidence for a defense of what many people considered indefensible.

Welcome to Midday. Today on our program, reactions to the guilty verdicts in the trial of the former Minneapolis Police Officer, from three Baltimore attorneys.

We begin with William “Billie” Murphy, Jr. a former judge and the founder and senior partner at Murphy, Falcon and Murphy. Judge Murphy is the attorney who represented the family of Freddie Gray. He joins us on Zoom.

Then Tom is joined by Kim Wehle, a law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, a former Assistant US Attorney, and the author of two excellent books, How to Read the Constitution-And Why, and What You Need to Know About Voting-And Why. Kim is also the host of an Instagram Show called #Simple Politics. She joins us on our digital line.

Tom's third guest is Ivan Bates, a former prosecutor who is now a defense attorney and the founder of the firm Bates & Garcia. He was also a candidate in the Democratic primary for Baltimore State’s Attorney in 2018. He joins us on Zoom.

Defense attorney William Billy Murphy. UBalt Law professor Kim Wehle. Defense attorney Ivan Bates
Murphy Falcon Murphy, Kim Wehle, Bates and Garcia
Defense attorney William 'Billy' Murphy; UBalt Law professor Kim Wehle; Defense attorney Ivan Bates

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