Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder.

Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

For three weeks, jury members listened to attorneys’ arguments during the trial in Minneapolis. On Tuesday afternoon, the jury announced that it had found Chauvin guilty on all charges.

If given the opportunity to represent Chauvin, “I would have done it very differently,” said John Hinderaker, president of the Golden Valley, Minnesota-based Center of the American Experiment and a graduate of Harvard Law School. He practiced law for more than 40 years.

Hinderaker joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss the arguments made during the trial. He also describes the atmosphere in Minneapolis as the city continues to brace for unrest.

The interview with Hinderaker was recorded on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the announcement of the jury’s verdict. 

We also cover these stories:

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to discuss voting rights and Georgia’s new election law.
  • President Joe Biden calls the Floyd family on Tuesday morning to talk with them about the trial of Chauvin.
  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declares a state of emergency for seven counties surrounding Minneapolis-St. Paul in preparation for expected violence and disorder following a verdict in the Chauvin case.


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  1. Taras Coolidge

    John Hinderaker, though he was speaking before the verdict was given, helps account for it:  specifically, by the incompetence of the defense attorney.

    Also, defense attorneys always advise their clients not to testify, and they are wrong most of the time.  No matter what the judge tells the jury, not testifying makes you look guilty. It also helps the jury think of you as a monster instead of a human being.

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  2. LukeWVa Listener

    I thought the evidence at trial was that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s shoulder, so that the prosecution began describing it as Chauvin having his knee on the “neck area.”   So, why does Ms. Trinko keep saying “on the neck?”

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