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Chauvin trial live: Judge won't delay, move trial; 1 more juror needed

Chauvin trial live: Judge won't delay, move trial; 1 more juror needed

MPR News will stream live coverage of the trial beginning at 8:15 a.m. Some images or material discussed during the trial will be disturbing to many viewers. Watch the live proceedings Judge Peter Cahill said Friday he will not delay or move the Derek Chauvin trial. He also said he would allow limited evidence from a 2019 arrest of George Floyd.Cahill’s decision followed a defense request to delay or move the trial in the wake of last week’s announced between Minneapolis and the family of George Floyd.Chauvin’s attorneys argued that the massive settlement and the notoriety around it might...

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Mar 19
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Chauvin trial live: Judge excuses 2 jurors who knew of Floyd family settlement

Chauvin trial live: Judge excuses 2 jurors who knew of Floyd family settlement

MPR News will stream live coverage of the trial beginning at 8:45 a.m. Some images or material discussed during the trial will be disturbing to many viewers. Watch the live proceedings :The between Minneapolis and the George Floyd family continues to hang over jury selection in Derek Chauvin’s criminal trial. The judge on Wednesday dismissed two previously chosen jurors who said they knew of the payout.Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill interviewed seven jurors by video conference Wednesday morning who’d been selected prior to Friday’s settlement announcement.The judge excused one — a...

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Mar 17
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After Noor ruling, prosecutors seek to reinstate third-degree murder charge against Chauvin

After Noor ruling, prosecutors seek to reinstate third-degree murder charge against Chauvin

Prosecutors want all four former officers charged in the killing of George Floyd to get an additional charge of third-degree murder. The motion filed Thursday is based on a state appeals court decision earlier this week tied to the case of another former Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor, who was convicted in the 2017 killing of Justine Ruszczyk. On Monday, a split Court of Appeals upheld Noor’s 2019 conviction. Prosecutors with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office say the appeals court ruling in the Noor case makes clear that third-degree murder charges can be directed...

Feb 4
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Bloomington schools shutter classrooms again after bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

Bloomington schools shutter classrooms again after bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

Just 10 days after bringing some students back for in-person learning, an outbreak of COVID-19 among transportation workers has forced Bloomington Public Schools to return to distance learning until mid-February. The changes underscore the unique challenges to protect bus drivers, many of whom are older and at higher risk of severe illness stemming from the virus. District officials say concerns about student and staff health during the COVID-19 pandemic led to this difficult decision.“We want nothing more than for our students and staff to be in schools learning safely,” Superintendent Les...

Jan 29
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Prosecutors seek to try Mpls. officers together

Prosecutors seek to try Mpls. officers together

State prosecutors are enlisting the help of a prominent Minnesota epidemiologist as they seek to recombine the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd and delay the proceedings until summer.In a prosecutors from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office argued that the judge was wrong to sever the cases after his previous decision to try them together. Prosecutors also say a March trial presents a public health danger.Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank’s arguments were backed up by an , an epidemiologist at the University of...

Jan 19
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Hennepin Co. public defenders try technology to keep clients from missing court dates

Hennepin Co. public defenders try technology to keep clients from missing court dates

People who depend on public defenders in Hennepin County now have a different way to receive hearing reminders and to be able to communicate directly with their attorneys through a new partnership with a San Francisco-based company. The technology is designed to help people make their court dates and avoid being jailed, as well as save taxpayers money.The office of the Hennepin County Public Defender is working with a company called Uptrust, which has donated its services for a year. Uptrust’s goal is to simply remind people of court dates so they don’t end up being jailed on bench warrants...

Dec 25
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Life sentence commuted, Myon Burrell leaves Stillwater prison

Life sentence commuted, Myon Burrell leaves Stillwater prison

A man serving life in prison for the shooting death of a Minneapolis girl in 2002 was released Tuesday night after the Minnesota Board of Pardons commuted his life sentence to 20 years.Myon Burrell was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison as a teen in the high-profile case that has raised questions about the integrity of the criminal justice system that put him away.Burrell’s case made headlines earlier this year after The Associated Press and APM Reports uncovered new and serious flaws in the police investigation into the 2002 killing of an 11-year-old girl who...

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Dec 15
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New rules mean more pain for restaurant workers

New rules mean more pain for restaurant workers

Restaurant and bar workers who are already on shaky financial ground during the pandemic are facing new uncertainties as Minnesota’s latest restrictions on bars and restaurants go into place. The shift to takeout-only is leading to another round of layoffs in the hospitality industry. Workers who have been risking their health at work now again face the prospect of unemployment without access to a lifeline that helped keep them afloat at the start of the pandemic.Minneapolis chef Joseph Jones, 27, has worked in the service industry his entire adult life. Back in March, when restaurants were...

Nov 19
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‘No shortcuts’ as Mpls. City Council rethinks policing

‘No shortcuts’ as Mpls. City Council rethinks policing

Almost five months after a majority of the Minneapolis City Council stood on a stage with large letters in front of it spelling out “DEFUND POLICE,” some see the effort as a failure, blaming the sentiment for boosts in violent crime and the council for inaction. While it remains to be seen where those efforts to vastly reimagine public safety will land, an MPR News survey of Minneapolis council members show that there’s still significant common ground among them for changing the city’s relationship with the Police Department, including transferring police responsibilities to social workers,...

Oct 28
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Previous Floyd arrest raises questions of transparency

Previous Floyd arrest raises questions of transparency

If state prosecutors have their way, evidence filed in the case of four police officers charged in will be kept secret for days while attorneys argue whether they should permanently be kept from the public and journalists.Their unusual request follows an attempt by one officer’s attorney to introduce body camera footage of Floyd being arrested last year. Media outlets, including MPR News, are tangling with the office of Attorney General Keith Ellison over the proposed restrictions. On Thursday, the judge overseeing the trial will hear arguments in a courtroom at the Hennepin County...

October 15, 2020
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