Transcript for What to expect in closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial
We bring in chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and channa Lloyd. Good morning to you both. Dan, we heard Derek chauvin speak for the very first time in court saying that he will not testify. We heard a little bit of a discussion between him and his lawyer talking about how much they discussed coming to this decision so what was their calculation here? I'll bet they discussed it a lot but probably not a lot of debate. The problem for Derek chauvin in taking the witness stand is he would have had to explain not just why he put his knee on to George Floyd but why he had it there in minute seven and minute eight, et cetera. And I think that there just weren't good enough answers for that to allow him to take the witness stand. Now, look, I have a seen in other cases police officers take the witness stand and it's helped them in explaining the context, what they were thinking, what they were feeling but in this case I don't think that was ever a real subject of debate. Both rested. Striking in the number of witnesses called, 38 for the prosecution, just seven for the defense. How did the defense do? I think the defense attempted to find areas of reasonable doubt. Other causes of death that were not directly caused by chauvin's knee on his neck, they tried to do that and show that with the drug use, they tried to show that with the carbon monoxide.- they tried to show that with a few other things. The prosecution had a bigger and higher level of burden so that's why they were required to put on the case that you saw. They had to ensure that there was no area for reasonable And, Dan, now we're looking ahead to closing arguments. What do you expect to see there? I think from the prosecution you'll see them come back to that video. They'll talk about how these expert witnesses are really there to back up what you saw, what clearly must have happened and I think that's going to be the heart of the prosecution. From the defense I think hanna is right. They have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt he was a substantial cause of death and look at these other possibilities. Channa, the case almost in the hands of the jury now. What are the challenges for them as you see it? Well first the jury has to determine as Dan said if chauvin was the substantial cause of death. Once they've established that they then need to look at his actions and determine what level of care he used. Was it a reckless act? Did he intend to commit the underlying felony for the second degree murder or was it simply something that he was doing that was an endangerment when looking at the manslaughter. So those are the determinations a jury is going to have to make. Channa Lloyd and Dan Abrams, thank you so much. T.J.
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