The news has already spread that Dereck Chauvin was found guilty of murder in the George Floyd case. However, while everyone is wondering what will happen next in the case, eagle-eyed internet sleuths noticed something on Chauvin’s hand.
It was noticed that while Chauvin was being escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs, a camera caught some writing in the former police officer’s hand. When you zoom in a bit closer it appears to be a phone number and many have speculated that it was his attorney’s Eric Nelson phone number.
It is pretty safe to assume that Chauvin is already planning with his legal team to appeal the verdict considering how Maxine Waters threatened the jury if they did not find him guilty.
In normal circumstances that would be called jury tampering, but when it is the left it is called “justice”.
Fox News covered the story and shared these details:
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin reportedly had written his attorney’s phone number on his left hand before a jury found him guilty in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin, 45, was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday afternoon after the verdict. His defense attorney, Eric Nelson, followed Chauvin out of the courtroom without comment.
Chauvin wrote down Nelson’s phone number because he knew that, if found guilty, he would likely have his bail revoked and be immediately taken into custody, Nelson told TMZ. He said Chauvin feared a piece of paper would be confiscated.
As a former police officer who had already made several court appearances, Chauvin anticipated having limited access to a phone, but knew he would be allowed to call his lawyer, Nelson told the outlet.
Fox News has independently reached out to Nelson seeking more information regarding whether Chauvin will try to appeal the court decision.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 20, 2021
After the verdict was handed down, many people are already stating that it was Maxine Water’s calls for violence if Chauvin was not found guilty was that influenced the jury’s decision, and I am in that camp too.
TMZ covered what was written on Chauvin’s hand too:
TMZ now knows what was on Derek Chauvin’s hand … he wanted to make sure he had his lawyer’s phone number in case he was convicted and sent directly to jail.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, tells TMZ, his client wrote the number ahead of the conviction, because the convicted former cop knew if the jury found him guilty of second-degree murder he’d almost certainly have his bail revoked and he’d be remanded to custody.
Chauvin clearly knew given his former profession, he would have limited access to a phone but would be allowed to call his lawyer … thus the scribble on his left hand. Chauvin has been in court many times, so he clearly knew a conviction would lead to swift incarceration, with no opportunity to speak to his lawyer in court after the verdict.
Chauvin now awaits his sentencing which will occur in about 8 weeks.