Biggest moments from closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial

ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams breaks down how effective the final arguments from the prosecution and defense were.
3:12 | 04/20/21

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For more we bring in chief legal analyst Dan Abrams. I'll ask what Alex was referring to in a moment. The closing arguments, let's start with the prosecution. What's your takeaway? Well, I think that they were very effective at hitting this theme of believe our eyes. Use your common sense and then weaving in the expert testimony, meaning they told a story, a told a story about George Floyd, a story about what had happened to him and then they had these big visual AIDS which would say, look, all the experts are saying the same thing about the cause of death and about the unreasonableness of the force and I think it worked. And the defense really focusing not so much on the -- more than nine-minute video that many of us have seen but what led up to that. Was that effective, do you think? Yeah, that was not a surprising argument. I think that was an important argument for the defense to make which is to say you have to understand what was going on in Derek chauvin's mind. You have to understand what he had been dealing with up to that point to understand why he did what he did. The problem is that that doesn't answer the question of why he was doing what he did at moment three in the nine-minute tape, moment six, at moment eight and that's the bigger challenge for the defense. Let's get into congresswoman Maxine waters. What she said and how they're calling for a mistrial. The judge said, no, but could be an appeal. Could be means for an appeal. Do you think that could possibly be the case? Well, I think there's no doubt that if the defendant is convicted, the defense will use that in appeal. I don't think they will win when they use it unless there's some evidence that a juror was influenced by it, et cetera. But I can understand why the judge is frustrated. The last thing the judge wants is any outside influence, potentially infecting the jury. Remember, the only thing he's thinking about right now is ensuring that there is a fair verdict, that this jury is not influenced and so when he hears about anyone on the outside who is prominent on a national scale talking about what should happen based on a verdict, you can understand there's concern. So let's talk about the jury and second day of deliberations. From each side, what do you think they have taken with them in deliberaons? Yeah, the prosecutors want these jurors to walk away saying, this isn't hard. It's obvious to us what we saw the video. We heard the experts and yet the defense is hoping they're going to say, got some questions. I'm not so sure. Maybe I do have some doubt about certain issues and it really does come down to something as fundamental as that when going back into the jury room and deliberating this case. You think it's going to take some time for them to reach a verdict? In high-profile cases I find jurors do want to dot the Is and cross the Ts but you never know. You never know. All right. Thanks so much. Thank you.

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