Key Witness In Chauvin Trial On Invoke Your Fifth Amendment And Refuse To Testify

Among the key witnesses in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd will not be testifying. Other than the officers , the individual with the best knowledge and monitoring of Floyd was his buddy who had been in the car with him, Morries Lester Hall.  Hall, 42, has given people interviews but has announced he will not testify in dread he incriminate themselves. It’s rare for someone who gave interviews with news organizations such as CNN to refuse to testify in trial. Normally such witnesses fall to talk in any forum to maintain their silence.
In the movie shown at trial, Floyd looks high and the employee who flagged the fake bill also stated on the stand he appeared about drugs. Both men apparently were in the store and Hall might have attempted to pass the fake cash — increasing the concern of self-incrimination.
The authorities also previously stated that Hall gave a fictitious name to officers after Floyd’s death and subsequently left Minneapolis.
Therefore, counsel for Mr. Hall reluctantly moves this court to quash the subpoena… and launch Mr. Hall from some other obligations “
Hall has given multiple interviews, such as describing himself in a Times interview  as a”key witness”  He insisted”I’m an integral witness to the cops killing George Floyd, and they want to know my side. Whatever I’ve been through, it’s all over with now. It is not about me”
In invoking the Fifth Amendment, it’s about him and his urge to prevent self-incrimination. Many judges would be miffed to a witness who’s actively engaging in public interviews regarding what he saw while pretending to do so under oath. However, Hall certainly has an inherent right to refuse to testify.
In my opinion, the refusal to testify is more of a blow to the defense than the prosecution. As a criminal defense attorney, I’d have viewed Hall as watch who could open areas of drug use, criminal behaviour, and relevant history to progress the defense story. He would have probably done more harm than good for the prosecution in my opinion given his particular history and conduct.
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