Legal Examiner reporter Katherine Snow Smith interviewed Professor Richard S. Frase from the University of Minnesota Law School to get his breakdown and analysis of the charges against the four police officers involved in George Floyd’s death. Frase is a criminal law professor and co-director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice as well as the founder and co-director of the Institute’s Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center. Derek Chauvin, the officer who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, is charged with second degree murder while commiting a felony, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
As the world follows the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, questions arise about how this extremely high profile case will play out in court. Will a plea agreement keep it from even going to trial? How will a judge seat a jury of 12 fair and unbiased jurors? What tactics will the prosecutor and defense take?
There are several qualifications for having a record of arrest expunged or sealed, but the proliferation of data companies today means arrests aren’t buried nearly as deeply as they once were.