Richard Frase
Professor of Law Emeritus
Benjamin N. Berger Professor of Criminal Law Emeritus
Former Co-Director, Robina Institute of Criminal Law & Criminal Justice

Prof. Richard Frase Quoted in the Star Tribune Regarding MN Court of Appeals Ruling on Derek Chauvin Trial

Professor Richard Frase, faculty director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Star Tribune regarding a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that a trial judge was wrong to deny prosecutors' request to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Referring to the repeated back and forth between the trial court and the Court of Appeals shortly before the start of the trial, Frase said, “My head is spinning. I've been a lawyer for 50 years and a Minnesota lawyer for 44 years and I've never seen a situation like this," He continued, "Everybody wants to get this right.” He also explained that reinstating the charge could serve as a bargaining chip in plea negotiations.