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Derek Chauvin Declines to Testify in Murder Trial
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify in his own defense on Thursday.
“You understand that you have a Fifth Amendment privilege to remain silent. Do you understand that?” “Yes.” “You understand that if you choose to exercise that right to remain silent, neither the state nor the court can comment on your silence as a sign or an indication of your guilt? Meaning they can’t say he didn’t get up and defend himself, so equate your silence with guilt. You understand that?” “Yes.” “All right. Now, you also understand that you can waive that right and testify?” Do you understand that?” “Yes, I do.” “Have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your Fifth Amendment privilege?” “I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today.” “Mr. Chauvin, I’m going to address you directly because the decision whether or not to testify — I’m going to take this off — is entirely yours. In other words, it’s a personal right. Mr. Nelson makes a lot of the decisions in trial, but one he cannot make for you is whether or not you testify, and he can give you advice and you can take that advice or reject that advice. But the decision ultimately has to be yours and not his. Is this your decision not to testify?” “It is, your honor.” “All right. Do you have any questions about your right to remain silent or to testify on your own behalf?” “Not at this time, I don’t.” “Has anyone promise anything or threatened you in any way to keep you from testifying?” “No promises or threats, your honor.” “Do you feel that your decision not to testify is a voluntary one on your behalf?” “Yes, it is.”
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