What to know about jury deliberations in Derek Chauvin trial

ABC News Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst Sunny Hostin and jury and trial consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius discuss the charges the jury is considering and signs to look out for as they deliberate.
4:46 | 04/20/21

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Transcript for What to know about jury deliberations in Derek Chauvin trial
Thank you for that. Let's bring in ABC news legal correspondent sunny Hostin and jo-ellan dimitrus. Good morning to you both. Sunny, what's your take on this jury? You know, juries are as T.J. Mentioned loathe to convict police officers, especially because it's counterintuitive for many jurors because they feel that police officers' role is to protect and serve and I think that is why you see so few police officers being held to account when you see the death of unarmed black men. I think that this jury is a diverse jury. We're talking about seven women, five men, we're also talking about a racial diversity and I think that's going to be important because we do know that there is a difference in the experience of policing when it comes to different racial groups and so I suspect that race will be a factor in the jury room. Jo-ellan, what strikes you about the jury. First I concur with sunny. What's unique about this jury is in jury selection what we saw was each side picking what's usually -- picking those people who believe in law enforcement, those people who probably are caucasian, those people that are older, those people who perhaps had businesses or were concerned about businesses being burned down whereas the prosecution was looking for what's traditionally defense jury looking for probably people of color, they were looking for potential lower socioeconomic levels so that's what is different about this jury. Sunny, the jurors have three charges to consider, so how do you see that plan out as they deliberate? You know, they're going to be looking at second degree murder, third degree murder and also second degree manslaughter. The second degree manslaughter only requires culpable negligence so that is the least culpable charge and I think it's going to give them the opportunity to reach a compromise verdict because there may be some jurors that feel like second degree murder, third degree murder are depraved charges that may not be able to get there because of some of the factors that are at play here, the fact that there is a police officer, former police officer being charged, so I think that rather than jury nullification where you see a jury say, you know, nope, there's no way I'm going to hold this person responsible, when you have a lesser charge included on the charge sheet perhaps you have a meeting of the minds and you have a jury reach that sort of compromise verdict. Jo-ellan, are there other factors outside of this case that could influence the jury? Oh, my goodness, absolutely, and I'll point to some of them. The first is the fact there was a settlement between the city and the Floyd family of $27 million even though the judge has told them throughout the entire trial not to read or listen to anything related to this case, you know, it would be pretty tough to avoid that. So that's number one. Number two is the fact that just over the weekend while these jurors were not sequestered one of the defense witnesses had a pig's head delivered to a former home with blood on it. That's disturbing. Third, there was the daunte Wright shooting also late last week literally miles away from Minneapolis and you've got the shooting of the 13-year-old in Chicago, so even though they may not be paying attention specifically to things involving this case, they're going to be hearing about these other components and I've said from the very beginning, this jury has to be very concerned about their own security. Good point there and, sunny, what signs would you be looking for as far as jurors asking Oh, gosh, this is the worst time for lawyers, by the way, trial lawyers. You're sort of reading tea leaves when questions come in. I think you're usually looking for perhaps a question for the read back of testimony, testimony that's favorable to your case, you may be looking for clarification for jury instruction that you think is favorable to your case but ultimately it's all in the hands of the jury at this point and feel pretty helpless as a trial lawyer. Want you thank you both for joining us. Really appreciate your insight

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