Heartbeats and Heartaches

Yesterday, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bills yet. Senate Bill 8, aka the Texas Heartbeat Bill, prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It doesn’t specify a timeframe, but heartbeats can be detected as early as 6 weeks, before many women even know theyContinue reading “Heartbeats and Heartaches”

Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 11

Day 11 continued with more witnesses from the state. The morning opened with some drama though, as a few motions were brought forward to be addressed. The first was Morries Hall, George Floyd’s friend who was in the car with him on the day of his death. Hall has said he will not testify, andContinue reading “Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 11”

Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Days 9-10

Day 9 brought some very powerful scientific testimony in regards to George Floyd’s cause of death. Dr. Martin Tobin, a world-renowned pulmonologist and critical care physician at Loyola University Medical Center and at the Hines Veteran Administration Hospital in Illinois, was called as an expert medical witness for the prosecution. Dr. Tobin testified that George FloydContinue reading “Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Days 9-10”

Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 8

So far, much of this week’s testimony has been on policy, a shift from the emotional testimonies of week 1.  LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger took the stand again, lending his knowledge as a use-of-force expert for the prosecution.  Yesterday, he testified that he has reviewed more than 2,500 use-of-force incidents in his career. Sgt. StigerContinue reading “Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 8”

SIDEBAR: What You Will and Won’t Hear During the Trial of Derek Chauvin

There are a couple of questions I keep seeing on social media, that I think are fair and valid, and that need to be answered.  I wanted to tackle this, outside of the trial coverage posts. First thing everyone is asking, is when will we hear about Chauvin’s past?  When will we hear details ofContinue reading “SIDEBAR: What You Will and Won’t Hear During the Trial of Derek Chauvin”

Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 7

Day 7 of testimony started with a hearing regarding the potential testimony of Morries Hall. Hall, who was in the vehicle with George Floyd on May 25, 2020, appeared via Zoom in front of Judge Peter Cahill this morning to determine if he will testify in Chauvin’s trial.  Hall is on the prosecution’s potential witness list.Continue reading “Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 7”

Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 6

Monday’s testimony kicked off with Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfield, the emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center who pronounced George Floyd dead. Dr. Langenfield testified that when Mr. Floyd arrived at the hospital, the paramedics advised him that they had been trying to resuscitate Mr. Floyd for approximately 30 minutes. His team then worked onContinue reading “Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 6”

Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 5

Day 5 of the Derek Chauvin trial was a short day, and brought the testimony of 2 high-ranking officers from the Minneapolis police department. The first witness of the day was Sgt. Jon Edwards, who was called, by Sgt. Pleoger, to Cup Foods crime scene after being notified of a possible “critical incident” to secureContinue reading “Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 5”

Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 4

It was another intensely emotional day in the trial of Derek Chauvin. First to take the stand was Courteney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend at the time of his death. Ross began sobbing almost immediately as she took the stand, and remained tearful throughout the majority of her testimony. Ross described how she met Floyd in AugustContinue reading “Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 4”

Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 3

Day 3 of testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial brought some of the most damning testimony against the defendant so far, in the form of officer bodycam footage. For the first time, we get to see what events led up to George Floyd being restrained, face down on the pavement, by Chauvin. Prosecutors showed theContinue reading “Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 3”