UPDATE: The verdicts:
Second-degree murder: GUILTY
Third-degree murder: GUILTY
Second-degree manslaughter: GUILTY
Chauvin, who was remanded into custody, faces up to 40 years in prison.
According to many sources, including the New York Times, the jury in Minneapolis has reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. That means that it’s unanimous.
And if it’s that quick, I’m betting on at least one “guilty” verdict. In fact, I’d bet $200 on that outcome. (The charges are second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.)
I’ll post the verdict itself, which is supposed to be announced in an hour, right here. I hope that, if a guilty verdict is reached, it’s the kind of guilty verdict that won’t incite riots because it’s the “wrong” verdict, one not perceived as bringing “justice.”
In the unlikely event that Chauvin is cleared of all charges, batten down the hatches.