What's next for Derek Chauvin trial as prosecution wraps up case

As prosecutors prepare to rest their case in the murder trial, ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams and Channa Lloyd discuss upcoming legal strategy for the defense moving forward.
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Let's bring in chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and hanna Lloyd, managing partner at the Cochran firm. Dan, let me begin with you. We know the jury will be sequestered but the defense wanted them sequestered now. The judge denied it. Surprise you? No, it didn't. Primarily because the judge hadn't sequestered them up to this time. Before this happened they knew there had been protests in the wake of George Floyd's death. So that is very different than saying that there were suddenly protests in the wake of a verdict in some case and that's where the judge drew the line. Remember, I think some people presume that juries are sequestered far more often than they are. It's very, very rare to sequester a jury and creates its own set of problems and issues, et cetera, so I wasn't surprised that the judge refused that request. Okay, hanna, let's talk about the prosecution's case, just about to wrap it up. How did they do? They laid a very solid foundation. They brought in someone to address every possible area that jurors would have had questions about so I think they've laid a solid case for their case in chief. And, dang, let's get into that a little more. They pretty much demonstrated that force was excessive right the big question is going to be cause of death. Yeah, exactly. I think this is actually a stronger case than many might have even expected coming into when it comes to the reasonableness of force I think the police witnesses were so powerful that I don't think that much is going to be able to be dong on that question from the defense. The more important question is a legal matter is going to be cause of death. Can you expect to see the defense focusing on that issue. But I think the prosection really had a big win here with the testimony of the medical examiner himself because his report had been a little bit ambiguous and there was uncertainty as to how definitive would he be that Derek chauvin's actions were the primary cause of death and yet when he testified, he was quite definitive about that saying again and again that he believed that it was the primary cause of death, so the defense has a lot of work to do in this case now but I think they are going to be focusing primarily on that issue and the hope of some level of reasonable doubt. How dough this counter them effectively. You'll start to see the battle of the experts. They'll bring in experts that are going to refute what was laid by the prosecution. They're going to specifically look towards the use of drugs, the effect of drugs as well as the underlying health conditions. And, Dan, just before we go, I mean, on cases like this, this is supposed to be just about the case, it's supposed to not be influenced by everything happening outside but now new protests. So many protests in the wake of George Floyd and a nationwide debate. What impact do you expect that's going to have on the trial? Look, it always has a little bit of an impact. Sometimes a lot of an impact but from covering high-profile trials my entire career, one thing I will tell you is that jurors once they get into that jury room do tend to take the legal standards seriously. They do tend to live in a kind of a vacuum to some degree, particularly once they start deliberating. And I think they will take seriously the legal standard of reasonable doubt and proof beyond a reasonable doubt, et cetera, so, yes, there are a lot of things going on but don't presume that means the jury will be tainted. Thank you all very much. Covering all the latest on the trial, watch our streaming channel ABC newslive starting at 10:00 eastern.

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