Court of Appeals upholds Derek Chauvin’s convictions in murder of George Floyd

Decision shows ‘once again no one is above the law — and no one is beneath it’

April 17, 2023 (SAINT PAUL) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals today unanimously upheld the convictions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minnesota. The appeal was argued in front of the Court of Appeals on January 18, 2023 by Special Assistant Attorney General Neal Katyal, a former acting Solicitor General of the United States now with the Hogan Lovells law firm. 

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the lead prosecutor in the case, issued the following statement:  

I am grateful for the decision of the Court of Appeals, and grateful we have a system where everyone, no matter how egregious their offense, is entitled to due process and fair treatment. The Court’s decision today shows once again no one is above the law — and no one is beneath it. 

Today, my thoughts are today with the family of George Floyd and the communities that have suffered because of his death. We cannot bring Floyd back, but I hope today’s decision brings another measure of justice.