Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Officer Derek Chauvin was Railroaded by an Emmitt Till-Style Jury: Juror Says Guilty Verdicts Could Have Come in "20 Minutes"

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Chauvin Juror Says Guilty Verdicts Could Have Come in "20 Minutes"

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  • Chauvin juror says guilty verdicts could have come in "20 minutes": A juror who cast one of the unanimous votes to convict a white former Minneapolis police officer of killing George Floyd said deliberations were primarily spent trying to convince one person who was uncertain about part of the jury instructions. Brandon Mitchell is the first juror that deliberated in Derek Chauvin's trial to talk publicly about his experience. An alternate juror who was dismissed before deliberations, Lisa Christensen, spoke to reporters last week, saying she would have voted to convict Chauvin.
  • Walz hints at more easing of COVID-19 restrictions: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz welcomed new federal COVID-19 guidance Tuesday allowing vaccinated people to go mask-free in many outdoor settings, even though it will have little practical impact in a state that mostly required them indoors. The relaxed mask guidance from the CDC is another sign of progress against the pandemic that Walz said could result in a further scaling back of restrictions and capacity limits in the next week in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Supreme Court hits pause on PolyMet permit to mine: The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned PolyMet's permit to mine in Minnesota, sending the permit back to state regulators for further review. It is a fresh blow for what would be the state's first copper mine, a $1 billion open-pit mine project now stalled with several permits stayed or under review.
  • Man arrested after store clerk fatally shot in Cedar-Riverside: Police early Wednesday arrested a violent felon on suspicion that he fatally shot a Cedar-Riverside store clerk in Minneapolis during an attempted robbery several hours earlier.
  • Biden to pitch $1.8 trillion "family plan" in primetime speech to Congress: Marking his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would fundamentally transform the role government plays in American life.
  • Feds search Rudy Giuliani's home, office: A law enforcement official tells the Associated Press that federal investigators have executed a search warrant at Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan residence. The former New York City mayor has been under investigation for several years over his business dealings in Ukraine. Details of the searches were not immediately available, but it comes as the Justice Department continues its investigation into the former New York City mayor and staunch Trump ally.
  • Minnesota reports 22 COVID-19 deaths, 1,514 new cases: The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed, with the total number of doses administered weekly falling since the week of April 5, when a record 405,496 shots were given. The following two weeks saw consecutive decreases, with 334,802 vaccines going into arms the week of April 18.
  • Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal shooting at St. Paul birthday party: A 21-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to playing with a gun soon after her birthday party and fatally shooting an attendee in a St. Paul home.
  • Real ID deadline extended to May 2023: The deadline for when U.S. travelers will need to present a Real ID credential to board a domestic flight is moving back to May 2023, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday. Many Minnesotans will need these next two years to catch up.
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  • Date night is returning to Minnesota, thanks to vaccinated babysitters: During the past year, it's been tough for parents to get couple time as work, home, school and child care often collapsed into around-the-clock responsibilities with no backup.
  • MIA's popular Art in Bloom show will bloom online: The pandemic took a toll on every single arts institution, but events are blossoming anew this spring, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art's annual Art in Bloom fundraiser. There's just one catch: You'll have to go online to see it.
  • A first look at Josefina in Wayzata The Italian eatery is the latest from Daniel del Prado, his fifth metro-area restaurant, and it aims to create an "inclusive dining experience," from elegant to casual. Mission accomplished.
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April 28, 2018: As part of the Saint Paul Art Crawl, dancers from Kala Vandanam Dance Company performed a traditional Indian dance at the Securian Financial Club at CHS Field in Lowertown. (Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune)

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