All jurors have been seated in the Derek Chauvin trial. The 15th and final juror was approved this morning. The man said he could be impartial, though defense attorney Eric Nelson asked him about his reaction to bystander video of George Floyd’s death. Nelson asked, “Have you formed an opinion about the use of force in this case, as to whether it was reasonable, unreasonable, based on what you’ve seen?” The man responded that he thought the “duration” was unnecessary.” Jury selection began over two weeks ago. Prior to seating the last juror today, Judge Pete Cahill excused several potential jurors. After admitting hearing about the city of Minneapolis’ $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd, one excused juror said he was “probably leaning more towards lying if I said that I could for sure be fair and impartial. Everything that I saw over the summer, it really did affect me and I’m not 100% sure on (impartiality).” Twelve jurors will deliberate the case. There are three alternates, one of whom will serve as a temporary alternate in case one juror drops off before opening statements on March 29th. As it stands now, the jury consists of nine women and six men. Nine are white, four are black, and two identify as multi-racial.
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