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Author Archives: The Hon. R. Marc Kantrowitz

Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin address Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill during motions before the court Thursday, April 15, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.  Chauvin told the judge he will not testify on his own behalf. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

MINNEAPOLIS — The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd rested its case Thursday without putting Chauvin on the stand, presenting a total of two days of testimony to the prosecution’s ...

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Commentary: The headless-body murder mystery

Why is it that some murders rivet attention while others are relegated to anonymity and oblivion, sharing the scattering ashes of their victims? Frequently, it all comes down to the mood of the press. And when, on June 26, 1897, ...

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Commentary: Chicago blows up!

The city was simmering. On May 3, 1886, workers were shot and killed by the police. The next day, laborers again assembled and again called for an eight-hour work day. Their employers bristled at the outrageous demands and proclaimed that ...

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