Criminal Justice

Racial motivation of Arbery’s murderers more explicit when case returns to court

BY: - December 3, 2021

Criminal law experts predict that when the three men convicted in Georgia state court over Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death stand trial in February on federal hate crime charges, the way prosecutors attempt to add new convictions is sure to focus more on racism as a motivation than last month’s trial. Gregory and Travis McMichael, along […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Guilty verdicts in Arbery killing give no pleasure, only relief

BY: - November 24, 2021

There’s no pleasure to be taken from the guilty verdicts returned Wednesday by a Glynn County jury in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; there is only relief and thanksgiving that in the end justice could be done, at least in a case in which the evidence was so well-documented and seemingly obvious. Given that they […]

Jury finds McMichaels, Bryan guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

BY: - November 24, 2021

A nearly all-white jury in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday afternoon convicted three white men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery as the 25-year-old Black jogger ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael, seen all over the world in a viral video that shows him firing a shotgun into Arbery at […]

Jury starts deliberations in trial of three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing

BY: - November 23, 2021

This post was updated 6:30 Nov. 23 to reflect dismissal of jury Tuesday night. The Glynn County jury set to determine the fate of three men charged with the death of Ahmaud Arbery will begin their second day of deliberation Wednesday. The jurors spent more than five hours in deliberation Tuesday after the prosecution made […]

Prosecutor says Arbery targeted for being ‘Black man running down the street’

BY: - November 23, 2021

The lead prosecutor in Monday’s closing arguments accused the three white defendants of chasing Ahmaud Arbery because he was Black, a decision that led to his shooting death on a Brunswick-area street Sunday afternoon in 2020. The Glynn County murder trial is set to resume Tuesday with the state’s prosecutors expected to present a two-hour […]

Defense rests after prosecutor pokes at credibility of man who shot Arbery

BY: - November 19, 2021

The lead prosecutor in Travis McMichael’s murder trial hammered him Thursday for contradictions and failing to take steps to avoid the deadly confrontation that ended with him shooting Ahmaud Arbery on a suburban Brunswick street in February 2020. Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski pointed out multiple inconsistencies between the statement Travis McMichael gave […]

Travis McMichael defends shooting Arbery, testifies he feared for his life

BY: - November 17, 2021

Ahmaud Arbery’s killer testified during his murder trial Wednesday that he feared for his life when he fired the fatal shots, ending a five-minute chase of the 25-year-old Black man through a suburban Glynn County neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020. In Travis McMichael’s four-hour testimony, he repeated that he reacted to the “totality of circumstances” […]

Lawmaker to revive protester bill critics say could infringe on 1st Amendment rights

BY: - November 16, 2021

A bill aimed at curtailing violent protesters is poised for a return engagement at the Gold Dome early next year when lawmakers convene for their 2022 legislative session. In a committee hearing Tuesday, Democrats and civil rights groups said the measure could chill free speech. The bill’s author, Republican Sen. Randy Robertson of Cataula, said […]

Defense lawyer in Arbery case claims Al Sharpton presence intimidates jurors

BY: - November 12, 2021

After Rev. Al Sharpton sat next to Ahmaud Arbery’s family in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday, a defense attorney representing one of the three white men on trial for Arbery’s killing raised questions about prominent Black pastors showing up. The judge rejected defense attorney Kevin Gough’s request to limit how many nationally recognized Black pastors […]

Explosive testimony on tap as witnesses queued up to testify in Arbery case 

BY: - November 8, 2021

The fourth week of the trial of three white men accused of murdering 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery is set to resume this week with testimony from a lengthy witness list that includes police officers, GBI investigators, neighbors of the defendants and others set to testify. Attorneys still aim to finish presenting their cases in mid-November despite […]

Viral video, tight community prolong search for impartial jurors in Arbery case

BY: - October 29, 2021

BRUNSWICK —The selection of jurors for the trial of three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery will present a puzzle for at least a third week, as the prosecutor and defense screen jurors very familiar with a viral video of his killing and often carry small-town personal connections and biases. At the end of the […]

Supreme Court gets case challenging arrests of lawmakers at state Capitol

BY: - October 27, 2021

The ACLU of Georgia and other activist groups are weighing in on a state Supreme Court case involving the 2018 arrest of U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams that could shape the rights of Georgians to protest under the state Capitol. At issue is state code barring anyone from “recklessly or knowingly to commit any act which […]