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What it's like to be a reporter in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin murder trial

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Derek Chauvin murder trial is well underway, and CNN correspondent Sara Sidner said it is unlike any other that she's covered as a journalist.

New York (CNN Business)The Derek Chauvin murder trial is well underway, and CNN correspondent Sara Sidner said it is unlike any other that she's covered as a journalist.

Last week, jurors heard testimony from bystanders who described the moment they witnessed Chauvin kneel on George Floyd's neck.

"This is the first time an entire trial from start to finish has been filmed," Sidner, told CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

As for the courtroom itself, "Everyone is paying attention in a way that I haven't seen before," Sidner said.

One reason for the "extremely quiet" atmosphere is because attendants are socially distanced, which means the courtroom is not packed with people as it normally would be in a "trial of this magnitude," Sidner said.

There are two seats available for family members — one for the Floyd family and one for the Chauvin family.

"The George Floyd seat is always filled with a family member," Sidner said.

"I think the interest really goes back to how striking it was to see the death of George Floyd and how much resonance it got throughout the world at the time," she said.

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