Good luck on both counts, Judge Peter Cahill. The attorneys representing four Minneapolis police officers in the George Floyd homicide appeared in court yesterday to hash out preliminary motions in Cahill’s Hennepin County court. One of the attorneys declared that he might file a change of venue motion based on the inability of his client to get a fair trial in Minneapolis, based on continuing commentary by public officials in the Twin Cities.
Those types of motions are routinely denied except in truly exigent circumstances. However, Judge Cahill might have raised a few eyebrows when he agreed that the public commentary had reached “inappropriate” levels, and warned officials to keep their mouths shut about the case. Otherwise, Cahill said, he’s inclined to grant a change of venue, KARE 11 and the Star Tribune reported: