If you want to thank someone for the guilty verdict Derek Chauvin received at his murder trial it's Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. He led the way to the outcome that meant justice for the family members of George Floyd but he also said he has compassion for the convicted ex-cop.
During an appearance on "60 Minutes," Ellison admitted that he "felt a little bad" for the defendant after the trial was over, something he says comes from spending 16 years as a criminal defense lawyer.
Ultimately, Ellison said he felt gratitude, humility, as well as a sense of satisfaction for Chauvin being held responsible for his crimes. He believes Chauvin deserved the conviction but urges people to remember that everyone involved in this situation is a human being.
The Attorney General from Minnesota also shared his thoughts on how the judge should handle Chauvin's sentencing and said he didn't think this was a hate crime but instead a crime fueled by social norms and a huge lack of accountability.
"I think that if he looks at history," he said of Chauvin, "he has every reason to believe that he would never be held accountable... so history was on his side."
Chauvin was convicted on all three counts he was facing last week which were second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. His sentencing is set for June 16 at which point he could be looking forward to 40 years in prison.
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