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Mon Jun 1, 2020, 07:20 AM

Filing charges in George Floyd's death was the easy part. Now comes the hard part.

Paul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University. A former federal prosecutor, he is the author of “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”

Analysis of he difficulties in getting a conviction against a police officer and the rational for the charges that were brought.

I am sympathetic to the desire to see punishment that reflects the gravity of the crime. First-degree murder in Minnesota carries a life sentence; 25 years is the maximum for third-degree murder. But police officers don’t usually get the maximum sentence in any case.

And a convicted murderer is a convicted murderer. That is far more likely with the third-degree charges because the prosecution has less to prove.

Meanwhile, there are risks on the other side. An acquittal in a case like this would be a crushing defeat not just for the prosecutors, but for all Americans who hope to see justice done. This is a case that prosecutors must win — and a third-degree murder conviction is better than no conviction at all.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/31/filing-charges-george-floyds-death-was-easy-part/

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Mon Jun 1, 2020, 08:42 AM

1. As long as trump and Barr are in office

Justice will not be served. Trump and Barr both are corrupt and racist , and they should be called on to resign at once. This will escalate badly for them , and by trump and Barr using it as a weapon for opponents , it shows their intent.

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Mon Jun 1, 2020, 11:02 AM

2. I agree with you about Trump and Barr, but remember...

..... these are state charges, not federal. Tim Walz, the Democratic governor, is in control.

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