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Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was denied his request for a public defender by the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday as he appealed his conviction and 22 1/2-year sentence for the murder of George Floyd.

Chauvin has previously said the only money he has is prison wages when he filed an appeal on his behalf last month asking to delay the process until he can find a public defender. The Minnesota Appellate Public Defender’s Office previously determined that Chauvin was ineligible.


Chauvin said the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association’s Legal Defense Fund paid his legal fees during his trial, but was no longer obligated after his sentencing.

Judges reviewed his debts and assets on Wednesday and found that he had not established that he was entitled to a public defender, Chief Justice Laurie Gildea wrote. The court said it may seek a public defender in the future if it is unable to pay for the lawyer.

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Derek Chauvin appeals for murder in the death of George Floyd, will appear himself

Chauvin gave 14 reasons for his appeal, claiming that the trial should have been moved from Hennepin County, where Floyd was killed because of publicity, and that the jury should have, among other things, sequestered.

Chauvin was convicted in April Second degree unintentional manslaughter, third degree manslaughter and second degree manslaughter account for the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck during the arrest that lasted more than nine minutes.

The former officer also faces federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights. He has pleaded not guilty.

Three other former officers are facing charges in connection with Floyd’s death.