Prosecutors Ask Jurors To Discount George Floyd Autopsy Findings

I printed that the key to conviction in the Derek Chauvin trial (and avoiding a cascading collapse in all four cases) is that the autopsy findings and the use of drugs (like fentanyl) in the body of George Floyd. Prosecutors are now asking the prosecution to efficiently dismiss the findings of the only official autopsy at the case and triumphed, against these findings, that Floyd died from asphyxia, or, absence of oxygen. Some brand new disclosures may create that claim harder for the prosecution.
Last week, special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell admitted to jurors that Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker led to cardiac arrest because Floyd’s cause of death. But he insisted that the country would establish that”was… not a fatal heart occasion,” however asphyxiation.
It’s a daring move as it could encourage reasonable doubt on the reason behind death.  The issue is if an instance of manslaughter might have been complex without the need of opposing the state’s own coroner on these findings. The collapse of Chauvin to react to a medical crisis speaks to manslaughter than murder but it could be framed frequently with these findings. Rather, the prosecution has requested the prosecution to efficiently reject the coroner’s findings — a risky maneuver.
We have discussed crucial defense elements in the case:
►When called to the scene because of Floyd allegedly passing counterfeit cash, Floyd denied using drugs but later said he had been”hooping,” or carrying drugs.
►The autopsy didn’t end that even Floyd died from asphyxiation (though a household pathologist created that finding). Rather, it detected”cardiopulmonary arrest while being controlled by law police officer(s).” The nation’s criminal complaint from Chauvin explained the autopsy”revealed no physical findings that support an investigation of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease”
If he were found dead at home & no other obvious causes, this could be acceptable to call an OD (overdose). Deaths have been licensed w/levels of 3″ Baker also told investigators that the autopsy revealed no physical evidence indicating Floyd died of asphyxiation.
►The toxicology report on Floyd’s blood also noted that”in deaths from fentanyl, blood levels are variable and have been reported as much as 3 ng/ml.”  Floyd had nearly four times the level of fentanyl considered possibly deadly.
►Floyd notably repeatedly said that he couldn’t breathe while sitting in the police cruiser and until he had been restrained on the floor. That is in accord with the level of fentanyl in his system that could cause”stopped or slowed breathing”
►Floyd’s lungs have been just two to three times the size and filled with fluid. But it needs to be mentioned that the Mayo Clinic report also addresses”Non-heart-related (non cardiogenic) pulmonary edema” and”Negative pressure pulmonary edema,”  which could be used to support the prosecution’s theory.
►Finally, the restraint using an officer’s knee in an uncooperative defendant was part of the practice of officers, and jurors will watch training videotapes employing the same kind of restraint just because official policy.
What’s interesting is that the prosecution is putting on specialists like they’re creating a defense situation. It’s generally the defense that brings in a lot of physicians to challenge official autopsy findings.
Conversely, Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, seems similar to the typical prosecutor noting that there’s but one official autopsy and a single official report on the reason behind death. There was no evidence that Mr. Floyd’s airflow was restricted and he didn’t determine [it] to be a mechanical asphyxia death”
Nelson can rely on other features of the official record. After Baker went over findings in a meeting last December using the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, he especially noted that the knee restraint was not very likely to create asphyxiation:”[I]t seemed to Dr. Baker the pressure to the neck had been coming from the back or posterior lateral sections of the trunk, and not one of these strictures would impact breathing or cause loss of consciousness,” said a document summarizing the assembly.”  He noted a study that found that putting 200 lbs of weight or on a wholesome person didn’t possess an”visible impact on breathing”
Rather, Baker mentioned the drugs in the system as well as that the 75-80% of coronary arteries that”place him at risk for a sudden cardiac arrest” The listing of the meeting nations”Dr. Baker offered that one chance for its pathway of Floyd’s death is that Floyd’s heart was starting to fail because of the strain, medications, enlarged heart, and also [heart] disease… He explained that when the heart starts to fail… among those symptoms is that the perception that you cannot breathe”
Following those findings have been published, Baker’s office had to be put under police protections because of threats to him and his staff.
By focusing the jury about the autopsy report, and requesting them to efficiently dismiss the decisions of the only official file, that the prosecutors increase the probability of a hung jury as well as an acquittal. I expressed reservations about the push for murder charges because the case is better suited for a manslaughter case. In case a jury believes that the prosecutors possess over-charged a circumstance, it can create a loss of authenticity in the circumstance. When you add an argument to discount the state’s personal autopsy findings, then you hazard magnifying such skepticism or mistrust with jury members.