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Set politics aside in Floyd killing, defense lawyer tells jury

In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listen as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over pre-trial motions prior to opening statements, March 29, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnessota. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listen as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over pre-trial motions prior to opening statements, March 29, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnessota. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

The defense lawyer for Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of murdering African-American George Floyd last year, asks the jury to ignore politics and social issues as arguments open in the highly charged case.

“There is no political or social cause in this courtroom,” defense attorney Eric Nelson says, rejecting charges that Chauvin murdered Floyd.

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