A Minnesota Ruling Comes Too Late for Derek Chauvin

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill presides over the sentencing hearing for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minn. June 25, 2021, in a courtroom sketch. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters)
The state’s highest court indirectly invalidates the prosecution’s depraved-indifference murder theory.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R ecently, there was a ruling by Minnesota’s highest court that would have been big news if it had happened prior to Derek Chauvin’s trial for the killing of George Floyd — as it should have. At this point, its importance is greatly diminished, even though it will almost certainly result in the reversal and dismissal of one of the charges against the former Minneapolis cop — specifically, the third-degree “depraved indifference” murder count.

The news was easy to miss because it did not come directly in Chauvin’s case, which is now on appeal, and — more significantly — because it is

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