Millions across the nation rejoiced this week when Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd, whose death at Chauvin's hands sparked nationwide protests against racist police violence and accelerated America's centuries-long reckoning with the racism embedded in its systems of law enforcement.
Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes, saw his bail revoked by Judge Peter Cahill, who ordered Chauvin be remanded into state custody.
The conservative Fox News network amplified outrage that Chauvin, now a convicted murder, wouldn't be able to dodge jail time while awaiting sentencing.
“Where does he go to get the two years back?” 🤦♂️ https://t.co/X3Ksk2kZDy— Acyn (@Acyn) 1619058329.0
The network brought on conservative lawyer Alan Dershowitz, whose previous clients include former President Donald Trump and child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Dershowitz was outraged at the revocation of Chauvin's bail, saying:
"He should be released on bail. There is no reason why he should be remanded. He's not going to flee. He wants to have an appeal. He's not going to endanger anybody. His face is well known, and what if this conviction is reversed? Where does he go to get the two years back?"
Some have speculated that Chauvin could move to overturn the verdict on appeal, citing the publicity of the trial and the police shooting of 20 year old Daunte Wright, which occurred miles away from the courthouse only days before the jury issued its verdict. If Chauvin moves to appeal, prosecutors are likely to further argue that the evidence against Chauvin—whose murder of Floyd was caught on video—is too overwhelming to result in anything but a conviction.
People didn't take kindly to Dershowitz's defense of Chauvin.
Chauvin is a convicted murderer, and the Dersh says he’s not going to endanger anyone. Dude. https://t.co/nURK7bODnd— Hil.i.am (@Hil.i.am) 1619060853.0
Should have thought of that before he spent 10 minutes murdering someone. https://t.co/7ObcLS1Ih1— Red #Vaccinated 💉💉 (@Red #Vaccinated 💉💉) 1619063137.0
White man explains why white man deserves special treatment. https://t.co/XEuHwns6K5— Slinky Minky (@Slinky Minky) 1619109158.0
Trying to imagine how many extensions I would request if my clients' prison sentences didn't start until their appe… https://t.co/kGr95Wln5f— Andrew Fleischman (@Andrew Fleischman) 1619099575.0
Alan Dershowitz of all people should know - being a lawyer for 50 years- that only the well-connected and well-pock… https://t.co/HUMvyJ8YBM— David Farah (@David Farah) 1619095145.0
Dershowitz arguing that convicted murders should be out on bail while appealing is a new one https://t.co/pu1x97OOc7— Vis (@Vis) 1619096374.0
They pressed Dershowitz on where George Floyd should go to get his life back.
Maybe the same place George Floyd can go to get the rest of his life back? https://t.co/Ozbglq5MiC— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte) 1619058635.0
Where does George Floyd go to get his life back? https://t.co/zk87zGYMeo— Baligubadle (@Baligubadle) 1619058688.0
Alan Dershowitz thinks Chauvin should be released as long as he is appealing his verdict. Chauvin can get his two… https://t.co/Ye5uQmp1OA— Nita Cosby (@Nita Cosby) 1619066502.0
Chauvin is reportedly being held in solitary confinement.