News Tip: Legal Experts Available to Comment on Chauvin Trial

Jury deliberations began this week in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd in May 2020. The following Duke University law professors are available to comment on the case.

Race in Trial Strategy/Sentencing

James E. Coleman Jr.
James E. Coleman Jr.
 is a professor of the practice of law at Duke University School of Law, director of its Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility and co-director of its Wrongful Convictions Clinic. A former defense attorney in high-profile criminal cases, Coleman can speak on the role of race in trial strategy, jury deliberations and sentencing.

Police Practices/Forensic Evidence

Brandon L. Garrett
Brandon L. Garrett
 is a professor of law at Duke University School of Law and faculty director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. A leading scholar of criminal justice outcomes, evidence, and constitutional rights, he is the author of numerous books including “Autopsy of a Crime Lab: Exposing the Flaws in Forensics.” Garrett can speak on policing practices, the doctrine of qualified immunity, state laws on the use of force, differential law enforcement by race and the use and reliability of forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony at trial.

Police Labor Market

Ben Grunwald
Ben Grunwald is an associate professor of law at Duke University School of Law who teaches criminal law and criminology and criminal procedure. Grunwald can speak on the law enforcement labor market and why police officers fired for misconduct are often rehired by another agency.


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