A highlight from Chauvin sentencing rescheduled for June 25


Now it's time for the last word with lawrence donald. Getting me lawrence racial. I'll see you in that coverage tomorrow night to join in the discussion We have carson jim clyburn Joining us tonight. Rachel to discuss what he expects to hear in that speech tomorrow and we have so much to do in this hour. That cars from jim clyburn. We'll get the last word in this hour. Because we have so much leading up to that we have the lead prosecutors from the derek chauvin murder trial joining us. Starting off tonight. And this is when i get nervous rachel because i am in awe of these lawyers and the masterful job they did in court and so i have been looking forward to this From since every watching them in court. Actually i will tell you my news meeting with my staff and talking to people in the building today. Everybody is very excited. That you've got these lawyers. I haven't heard these prosecutors speak outside the courtroom other than the immediate aftermath of that historic case. I'm in all that you've got them. And i'm not going to help you be any less nervous about it. Well we are lucky to have them. thank you. good luck well. I grew up in courtrooms courtrooms in baseball fields. I guess i've been more trials than i can remember. My father became a lawyer. When i was a baby. He went to night school for college and law school while he was working full time as a boston. Police officer it was after years of sitting on the witness stand as a police officer and thinking that he could do a better job than the lawyers who were questioning him that he decided to become a lawyer. Lawyering wouldn't have looked so easy for him from that witness. Stand if he had been questioned by our first two guests tonight the lead prosecutors in the trial of derek chauvin for the murder of george floyd my father would have known he was seeing the very best trial lawyers at work. My father took his kids to work in decades before it became a thing i was still in elementary school. When i watched my father argued his first case to the united states supreme court in which he convinced the court to overturn they bank robbery convictions of two black men based on the faulty identification of those defendants. I wrote a book in one thousand nine hundred eighty three about the most important thing my father ever did as a lawyer. The book is called deadly force and it tells the story of a civil rights wrongful death lawsuit that he won in federal court against to boston. Police officers who shot an unarmed twenty five year old black man named james bowdoin in the back and the back of the head. My father was fifty seven years old when he won that case and he knew them that that was the most important thing that he ever did in his life as a lawyer he knew then that in twenty more years in courtrooms he would not do anything as important. Sometimes you know. Sometimes you know when you're standing on the top of that mountain that you began climbing in high school when you were doing your homework and in college when you were preparing to take the lsat's and then all those dreary nights in law school when you're trying to drill those sometimes maddening legal phrases into your head only to be followed after graduation from law school by the agony of the study for the bar exam that you must pass to be licensed as a lawyer. Sometimes you know you know it was all for. This was all for this trial. And that's what that's what it looked like to me when i watched our first guest tonight. Jerry blackwell steve schlisher prosecuting derek chauvin. It looked like they knew that they were doing the most important thing they had ever done and probably would ever do as lawyers when you spend a lot of time in courtrooms. You can get the feeling that you've seen at all but that's never true because every case is different in every lawyer is different. The truth is most lawyers aren't very good and great. Lawyers are very very rare. My father was the greatest trial. I've ever seen and i've only seen a handful of others who i would describe as great and i'm saying all of this. I'm sharing all of this personal perspective with you tonight. Only because i want you to understand. And i hope he will share the. Aw i feel for our first guest tonight. Jerry blackwell steve schlisher or the lead prosecutors. Derek chauvin trial. They were joined by matthew frank and erin eldridge who did great work and examining witnesses during the trial. I have never seen a prosecution case presented so flawlessly in a courtroom. A trial is a free fire zone where anything can go wrong and usually something does you get hit with an objection that you did not expect or one of your witnesses weakens under cross examination and none of that happened to the prosecution in this case jerry. Blackwell and steve swisher conducted the most masterful criminal prosecution. I have ever seen and they did it under the most pressure i have ever seen with the whole world. Watch jerry. Blackwell was the first lawyer to speak in the trial. Delivering the prosecution's opening statement. You will learn. That'll may twenty fifth of twenty twenty. Mr derek chauvin betrayed his badge when he used excessive and unreasonable force. Up on the body of mr. George floyd that he put his knees upon his neck and his back grinding and crushing him until the very breath. No listen gentlemen until the very life was we you learn that. He was well aware that mr floyd was on armed. That misa floyd had threatened. Anyone that mr floyd was in handcuffs. He was completely in the control of the police. He was defenseless. You will learn what happened and that nine minutes and twenty nine seconds the most important numbers you were hearing this trial nine to nine. What happened in those nine minutes. And twenty nine seconds when mr derek chauvin was applying this excessive force body of mr george floyd proved all of that twenty one days later steve. Schlisher delivered his final argument to the jury. This case is exactly what you thought when you saw it first. When you saw that video it is exactly that you can believe your eyes. It's exactly what you believed. It's exactly what you saw with your eyes. It's exactly what you knew what you felt in your gut. It's

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