Chauvin Trial: Meet the Jurors

Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the Minnesota murder trial of Derek Chauvin, over the in-custody death of George Floyd.  I am Attorney Andrew Branca for Law of Self Defense, providing guest commentary and analysis of this trial for Legal Insurrection.

Incidentally, for your convenience we’ve aggregated all our prior coverage and analysis of the George Floyd incident at the short-cut URL:

With the trial set to begin with opening arguments on Monday, March 29 at 9:00am CT, the court finally managed to select 15 jurors effective yesterday.  Only 14 of these will actually be sworn in and seated on Monday morning—if all 15 chosen show up, one of them will be sent home.  The court’s given no indication on the process to be used to choose the 15th unnecessary juror—it may simply be whoever shows up last on Monday.

In any case, I thought I’d take the opportunity to collect what we know of the jurors, both in aggregate and individually, here in a single blog post, along with brief descriptions of the jurors as shared by the court and media, including their gender and race.  The descriptions of the jurors are sourced from USA Today, as well as from my own notes taken during voir dire.)

I’ve also included the video of the voir dire of each of the selected jurors.

(Note: The jurors are identified by their court assigned number and presented here in numerical sequence.  If we are later informed which of these 15 chosen jurors is not to be seated, I’ll update this post to reflect that exclusion.)

The Jurors in Aggregate

Before we jump into the jurors individually, however, here’s a quick overview of the jurors in aggregate.

Summary by gender:

Male: 6 (40%)

Female: 9 (60%)

Summary by race:

Black: 4 (~27)

Mixed-race: 2 (~13%)

White: 9 (60%)

Summary by age:

20s: 4 (~27%)

30s: 3 (20%)

40s: 3 (20%)

50s: 4 (~27%)

60s: 1 (~7%)

Juror #2: Male, White, 30s

Juror #9: Female, Mixed-race, 20s

Juror #19: Male, White, 30s

Juror #27: Male, Black, 30s

Juror #44: Female, White, 50s

Juror #52: Male, Black, 30s

Juror #55: Female, White, 50s

Juror #79: Male, Black, 40s

Juror #85: Female, Mixed-race, 40s

Juror #89: Female, White, 50s

Juror #91: Female, Black, 60s

Juror #92: Female, White, 40s

Juror #96: Female, White, 50s

Juror #118: Female, White, 20s

Juror #131: Male, White, 20s

That’s all I have for you today!

Until next time, stay safe!


Attorney Andrew F. Branca

Law of Self Defense LLC

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[Featured image is a screen capture from police body camera video of Floyd’s 2020 arrest on the day of his death.]



2 thoughts on “Chauvin Trial: Meet the Jurors”

  1. I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel that this jury is slanted against Chauvin. Almost all the jurors saw the viral video of Chauvin putting his neck on Floyd’s neck and formed negative opinions based on that. It will be hard given all the negative media coverage casting Chauvin as a Racist and a murderer.

  2. Listening to each member, I believe this will be a very fair group who will take their duty seriously and pay close attention during testimony. Each seem solid and ready to hear evidence. None of them seem to be ego-driven, opinion-in-hand or push-over, go-with-the-flow-types. This is a group I would be confident to serve with. If I were Mr. Chauvin, or Attorney Nelson I would feel good about this jury. Each seemed to have strong minds, clear thinking, well spoken and intelligent.
    They genuinely seem to be a group that will be able to set aside any preconceived notions and deliberate based on the evidence.

    We are starting day 10 this Monday. State still in Direct. Case has strong reasonable doubt.
    I am impressed with this jury.
    Lastly, it’s interesting their foreman is not obvious.

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