The ‘George Floyd Died of an Overdose’ Theory

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sits with his lawyer during a court hearing on charges in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., September 11, 2020. (Courtoom sketch: Cedric Hohnstadt via Reuters)
Legal documents preview a courtroom battle to come.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he death of George Floyd has receded from the news, but the legal wrangling continues. With the trial set for March, prosecutors and defense attorneys have been bickering about plenty of second-tier details: whether the officers involved should be tried together or separately, whether certain prosecutors should be taken off the case, whether the trial should be moved to another location, and so on. They have also offered a preview of the major points that will come up at trial — especially in a defense memo arguing that the charges against Derek Chauvin should be dismissed and the state’s response.

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