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Only one member from both George Floyd and Derek Chauvin's families will be allowed to attend trial

March 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Only one member of George Floyd's family will be allowed to attend his high-profile murder trial in a Minneapolis courtroom because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, a judge ruled on Monday. The same restriction applies to the family of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.

(CNN)Only one member of George Floyd's family will be allowed to attend his high-profile murder trial in a Minneapolis courtroom because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, a judge ruled on Monday.

The same restriction applies to the family of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.

"This has been a deeply painful and emotional year for every member of the Floyd family, many of whom intended to be in the courtroom to witness this trial," they said in a statement.

"While they understand the judge's reasons to limit attendance in the courtroom, the family is understandably disappointed by this ruling.

An earlier charge of third-degree murder against Chauvin was dropped by Judge Cahill, who ruled it did not apply to this situation.

Prosecutors asked an appeals court on Monday to reinstate the charge, and a ruling is expected soon before the trial begins.

Most importantly, Judge Cahill decided last month to hold Chauvin's trial separately from the three other former officers, saying the "physical limitations" of the courtroom made it impossible to have four defendants together safely given pandemic restrictions.

In addition, everyone who attends the Chauvin trial will be required to distance from others and wear a mask, although witnesses and attorneys may remove their masks during testimony and other court statements, the ruling states.

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