The judge overseeing Derek Chauvin’s murder trial made history last year when he said he would allow television cameras to broadcast the trial live, a first in Minnesota history. But on Monday afternoon, the flow failed, bringing to an abrupt end the first day of one of the most anticipated criminal trials in recent memory.
The TV feed is provided to news outlets by Court TV, which obtained the judge’s approval to operate the cameras exclusively inside the courtroom noting its history of doing so in other trials. . For several weeks of jury selection, the broadcast went largely without a hitch, but around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, the stream only showed multi-colored bars and beeped loudly.
Judge Peter A. Cahill adjourned the trial earlier, saying there had been a “major technical glitch” and it was important that the trial not continue until the cameras were on, in part because that Covid precautions had forced the number of people to decrease. – including family members of George Floyd and Mr. Chauvin – in the courtroom itself.
Witness testimony will resume Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Central, with Donald Williams II, the mixed martial arts fighter who witnessed George Floyd’s arrest and who was testifying when the stream was cut off.
“Get a good night’s sleep and don’t watch the news,” Justice Cahill told jurors before the adjournment.