‘Woke Left Mob’ Impressed Jury at Arbery Murder Suspects Trial, Lawyer Says
ATLANTA — With arguments closed at the trial of the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, defense attorneys have prompted widespread criticism for trying to keep black campaigners like Rev. Al Sharpton out of the courtroom, according to a mistrial on Friday. moved, arguing that the protesters outside the courtroom were akin to a “wake left-wing mob” who were influencing the jury unreasonably.
Friday’s mystical motion was one of several that have been presented, or threatened, by William Bryan’s lawyer, Kevin Gough, in recent days for illegally pursuing and killing 25-year-old Mr Arbery. was one of three white men accused of committing Old black man. Like Mr. Gough’s other similarly erroneous proposal, it was presented by Glynn County Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley rejected.
But Mr Gough – who said earlier this week “we don’t want any more black pastors to come here” – took his provocative language to new heights on Friday.
Mr Gough noted the large crowds of black pastors and other civil rights protesters who gathered outside the county courthouse in Brunswick, Ga., on Thursday. “It looks like a public lynching in the 21st century, with all due respect,” he told .
Civil rights leaders such as Mr Sharpton have referred to Mr Arbery’s murder in February 2020 as a lynching. Mr Gough appeared to speak figuratively, as there have been no reports of violence or threats from those gathered outside the courthouse.
Arguing against a wrongful trial, the lead prosecutor in the case, Linda Dunnikowski, called Mr Gough a “fantastic lawyer”. She noted that Mr Gough himself was responsible for attracting a large crowd on Thursday when he made the controversial case that clergy like Mr Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson should be kept out of the courtroom.
Mr. Gough’s words were indeed the catalyst for a peaceful demonstration. One of the participants, Jamal H. of Georgia. Bryant reportedly called Mr Gough’s comments “absolutely unnecessary and distracting and polarizing”. According to The Associated Press, Mr. Jackson bluntly said, “We will keep coming until we get justice.”
Three white men, who said they believed Mr Arbery was responsible for the vandalism in their neighborhood, have been charged with felony murder, felony assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt. He is facing even life in prison. A jury made up of 11 white people and one black man will hear final arguments in the case on Monday morning and then begin deliberations.
The jury was not in the courtroom on Friday. But lawyers spent the day debating the language intensively in the directive that Judge Walmsley read to jurors before deliberations began.
Arbery family attorney S. Lee Merritt said Mr Bryan’s defense had asked the Cobb County District Attorney’s office for a plea deal, but prosecutors turned it down, CBS News reported Friday.
Mr Gough denied in a brief interview with The New York Times on Friday morning that his client had sought a plea deal. A spokesman for the prosecution declined to comment.
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