Minnesota Judge Peter Cahill has impressed on jurors the imperative of separating their own feelings about race and Chauvin from what prosecutors can prove with evidence in the courtroom. He was perturbed when the city of Minneapolis announced a $27 million civil settlement with Floyd’s family before the trial.
Chauvin’s lawyers tried to establish reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors over Floyd’s cause of death, arguing that a combination of opioid use, cardiac conditions and an adrenaline rush were to blame. “This case is about more than 9 minutes 29 seconds,” defense lawyer Eric Nelson said.
But the prosecution anticipated such an approach. Blackwell offered jurors — and viewers around the world — a well-crafted soundbite: “You can believe your eyes, it’s homicide.”
‘The health system gave up on him’
An intensive care nurse at another Sao Paulo hospital said surging cases meant there weren’t enough ventilators to go around. “We didn’t have one more respirator. So the director had to choose to extubate an older patient in order to intubate the younger one. It was a tough call for the doctor — but in the health system’s current state of collapse, we understood that this would be the norm now,” the nurse said. “To extubate a patient means the health system gave up on him, basically only making him comfortable until he passed.”
‘Sovereignty was never intended to ensure the right of any government to starve people’
In a swipe at Russia, which has supported embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Blinken added, “Some may argue that reauthorizing humanitarian crossings and providing cross-border aid would in some way infringe on the sovereignty of the Syrian regime. But sovereignty was never intended to ensure the right of any government to starve people, deprive them of life-saving medicine, bomb hospitals or commit any other human rights abuse against citizens.”