There are questions now being raised about Juror #52 in the Derek Chauvin trial, reportedly Brandon Mitchell.
Mitchell has now come forward and given interviews on several shows.
Speaking to the “Get Up! Mornings” show with Erica Campbell on April 27, Mitchell spoke about his experience on the jury. During the interview, Campbell said that many people aren’t all that eager to do jury duty. She asked him about what message he would leave people about “saying yes to jury duty?”
That’s when Mitchell said something that could be problematic and potentially raise an issue on appeal.
Here’s the moment Juror #52 (Brandon Mitchell) from the Chauvin trial talks about jury duty as a means for societal change. pic.twitter.com/xewZitQXvq
— Janet (@janetburke27) May 2, 2021
“I mean it’s important if we wanna see some change, we wanna see some things going different, we gotta get out there, get out into these avenues, get into these rooms to try to spark some change,” he said. “Jury duty is one of those things. Jury duty. Voting. All of those things we gotta do.”
Now that’s obviously problematic because you’re not supposed to be sitting on a jury to “spark some change.” You’re only supposed to be deciding guilty or not guilty based solely on the facts and evidence presented in the case, nothing else. Not whatever societal change that you may think needs to happen.
Mitchell also said while being questioned during jury selection that he recognized this case was “historic.”
Juror #52 wrote in his jury questionnaire that he wondered why other police officers at the scene did not intervene in #GeorgeFloyd deadly arrest. He recognizes the historic nature of the case. Defense says he is an acceptable juror. So state’s turn to question. #DerekChauvinTral
— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) March 15, 2021
Mitchell repeated that again to Campbell, saying that he recognized that it was a “historic moment” and they would have a chance to “make history.” At one point, Campbell says she “can’t imagine what it would be like if you were not there…if your voice was not in the room”; that “your voice was necessary and needed in the room.” Campbell also gave him the opportunity to plug his podcast at the end of the interview.
Here’s that full interview:
There’s also a picture floating around social media that appears to show Mitchell in a BLM shirt and hat supposedly at a protest in Washington, D.C. in August with what appears to be a provocative reference to the George Floyd case, though we have not yet been able to confirm the veracity of the picture. If it’s real then that would be additionally problematic, given his representation to the court that he had no real knowledge of the case and no fixed opinion that would prevent him from fairly judging the matter.