George Floyd murderer Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charge

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It’s a shame that this was reduced to a math equation: pleading guilty means less risk of more jail time. It doesn’t mean as much.

But at least he’s still getting decades out of the deal, and leniency from some racist state judge still wouldn’t get him out of the federal charge.


Adios ahole.


Perhaps someone more legally educated can advise me on why he gets to serve sentences concurrently.


Generally crimes that happen alongside each other are allowed to be served concurrently, and crimes that happened consecutively after each other are served consecutively. Someone I once considered a friend worked at a game store, and he did incredibly horrible things to a child. He got consecutive because there were multiple overt acts each with one or two crimes. (Each overt act was concurrent, but the total time was over 400 years, so this is academic.)

But basically, Chauvin murdered Floyd and by doing so denied him his civil rights. That’s one act, with multiple crimes. So it all gets to be concurrent. This is something not well liked, but, imagine a different way: Someone runs from the police and they give chase. That person knocks over two old ladies, and then resists arrest by six responding officers. During the chase, he tosses something out of his car which turns out to be marijuana.

So, the police are now looking at two assaults with 1 year each, 12 counts of resisting arrest ( 6 before the run, six after, each with 1 year each), 12 counts of felony resisting arrest with 2 years each, 1 count of possession for 2 years, 1 count of destruction of evidence in furtherance of a felony for 2 years.

Throw those in front of a judge, and they’ll say “This is one proximate crime, so, we’re going with 2 years total , serving everything concurrently.” If they did the other thing, we’re talking 42 years in prison.


Thanks for the explanation.

I now wonder how “concurrently” crimes have to happen temporally, and if that’s something that gets argueds in court.

Depending on who is doing the prosecuting, could be Planck time.

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