Leila Fadel, Lisa Kelly, Matthew Frank discussed on WLRN News Programming

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Least tomorrow. NPR's Leila Fadel is covering the trial in Minneapolis and joins us now. Hi, Layla. Hi. Begin by explaining why the delay what happened? So Sheldon is facing second degree murder and second degree manslaughter charges. But last Friday, a decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals through the start of this trial in flux because the state wants to reinstate the charge of third degree murder against show Vin and originally the District Court ruled against that, and the appeals court says the lower court made a mistake. So the state is pushing to delay jury selection and really anything else substantive in the case until they know what charges Shobin is actually facial facing, and she opens it. Attorney is appealing the Friday decision. This is Matthew Frank, assistant attorney general in court today explaining why the state wants the delay. Yeah. So concerned about proceeding today. Issue that may Cause On appeal issue later that could result in the reversal of a conviction. The judge disagreed. But he gave the state of data seek guidance from the appeals court. And they filed a motion essentially asking the court to stop jury selection in the district Court. There has been so much in anticipation of this trial, I mean millions of dollars spent to secure the courthouse thousands of National Guard troops. What does it feel like being there in Minneapolis right now? Yeah, I mean, boy buildings are boarded up the entire government center in downtown Minneapolis, where the trial's being held, is surrounded by fencing and barbed wire, Military style vehicles, National Guardsmen People just want to get through it. And remember, even if jury selection starts tomorrow, it's projected to take about three weeks to select a jury in this case, and it will be hard to find jurors who don't have strong opinions. I mean that video of George Floyd reignited a movement for black lives that's being compared to the 1960 civil rights era. The demonstration spread around the world and of course, this is a difficult case to prosecute, and you can see that the state is really worried that Any procedural issues might throw decision in their favor in jeopardy. Given how much security and how much interest in the case there is. Have you been able to talk with people? What folks saying Yeah. Outside. Some protesters gathered on different corners in downtown as close as they could get to this barricaded building. Lisa Kelly was among them. She's an activist. And, she says the hardest part about today was frigging figuring out where to gather where a protest They spent $30 million building a fortress around the government center to keep us out and we don't want we don't want to go in. We just want We just want the freedom to express ourselves. You want the freedom to live in this city peacefully? And that assumption of violence, she says, is part of the systemic.

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