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April 22, 2021

How Minnesota Prosecutors Won A Difficult Victory In Chauvin Trial

Financial Times

Partner Brian Hayes was quoted in a Financial Times article about how Minnesota prosecutors were able to win their case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The article explains that winning criminal convictions against police officers is notoriously difficult. The prosecution's success is credited to a strong team of lawyers, emotive evidence, an appropriate mix of charges and bountiful legal resources. Given the emotionally charged nature of the case, the article also notes that the prosecutors managed to walk a tightrope in the courtroom between off-putting dispassion and overheated advocacy.

“As a prosecutor, you can look too passionate, and too committed, and too wanting-to-win, and that’s not what it’s about,” said Mr. Hayes. “You want to . . . be able to explain why your evidence should carry the day, but at the end of the day, it’s all about the evidence.”

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