After a civil rights chief attended proceedings, a lawyer for one of the three white males charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery claimed his group did not need “any more Black pastors coming” into the Georgia courtroom.
Rev. Al Sharpton, whom the protection lawyer quoted in requesting the decide in the high-profile case to exclude African-American clergy, was outraged by Kevin Gough’s remarks.
In February 2020, Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was pursued by the three males and fatally shot in a predominantly white neighborhood in the seaside metropolis of Brunswick.
In the trial, the three have pled not responsible to the prices of homicide, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.
Lawyer Kevin Gough, who represents defendant William “Roddie” Bryan, stated “If their pastor’s Al Sharpton right now, that’s fine. But then that’s it. We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here … sitting with the victim’s family, trying to influence a jury in this case.”
Sharpton introduced on his official Twitter account that he attended the trial on Wednesday and held a prayer vigil outdoors the courthouse with Arbery’s dad and mom.
“The arrogant insensitivity of attorney Kevin Gough in asking a judge to bar me or any minister of the family’s choice underscores the disregard for the value of the human life lost and the grieving of a family in need (of) spiritual and community support,” Sharpton stated. He stated his attendance was “not disruptive in any way” and was “at the invitation of the family.”
“We want to keep politics out of this case,” Gough stated Choose Timothy Walmsley, including that he did not study about Sharpton’s presence till after that day’s court docket session.
He speculated that the look of individuals like Sharpton “could be consciously or unconsciously an attempt to pressure or influence the jury.”
”I’m not going to blanketly exclude members of the general public from this courtroom,” the decide informed Gough.
If convicted of homicide, Bryan, 52, as nicely as his neighbor Gregory McMichael, 65, and his son Travis McMichael, 35, face life in jail.