Gov. Tim Waltz said Matt Frank “will be a notable judge to tackle this position with the understanding that justice is a process, not an outcome.”
Frank is an experienced attorney in the state attorney general’s office who helped lead the state’s prosecution against Chauvin and three other former criminals. Minneapolis A police officer charged with the murder of Floyd.
Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and sentenced to 22½ years in prison. He later pleaded guilty to a federal count of violating Floyd’s rights, on which he was sentenced to 21 years in prison, which he also served.
Frank also helped broker the guilty pleas of two other ex-cops on charges of manslaughter and aiding homicide. A fourth ex-cop decided to let a judge decide his fate.
He is also known for winning a guilty plea in the case of Lois Reese, a Minnesota woman notorious for murdering her husband in 2018.
Frank is the second member of Chauvin’s prosecution team to be named a judge. In December, the US Senate confirmed Jerry Blackwell as a federal judge in Minnesota.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-derek-chauvin-minneapolis-one-minnesota-b2305488.html Chief Prosecutor Derek Chauvin Appointed State Judge