After former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter for the death of George Floyd, many individuals throughout the nation were relieved to finally see justice served. Attorney Lisa Lanier, our president and CEO at Lanier Law Group, P.A., discussed these sentiments and the verdict during her regular guest appearance on “Lawyer Up,” a morning radio segment on The 2 Guys Named Chris Show.
Lisa typically only discusses light legal topics with radio hosts Chris Kelly, Chris Demm, Biggie, and Dave Aiken. The Derek Chauvin trial was, however, so historic in the fight against police brutality that it had to be discussed. In particular, Lisa and the guys delved into the question many Americans are asking: Why didn’t Chauvin testify?
Many a criminal defense attorney will tell you that the last thing you want to do is have the accused testify because it could turn sour quickly and do more harm than good. But, as Lisa explained, with the 9-minute-long video, witness testimony, and the testimonies of Chauvin’s higher-ups, the ex-officer really had nothing to lose. On the flip side, he could have shown remorse, explained a potential misunderstanding, and maybe convinced the court to reduce his charges. Still, Chauvin refused to take the stand.
Lisa and the qualified legal staff at Lanier Law Group, P.A. recognize this historic verdict as a step in the right direction for civil rights. It is integral for anyone who commits a crime, including police officers, to be held accountable for their actions.
If you are seeking legal help, contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. online or at (855) 757-4204 to schedule your free consultation. To learn more about Lisa’s weekly radio segments, please visit our Radio Page.