December 8, 2022

An arbitrator has been selected in the investigation into the murder of Ahmed Arbery. Only 1 judge is black

The arbitral tribunal, consisting of 11 white members and one black member, was elected Wednesday evening after a two-and-a-half-week selection process, which prosecutors accused of striking qualified black judges in proportion. Their strikes on race.

Before Judge Timothy Wallsley, the court heard arguments for more than two hours on the merits of why the defense had attacked potential jurors.

The pool reporter inside the courtroom said there were five men and 11 women out of the total 16 jurors selected – including four substitutes.

Arbury’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said she was “shocked” when she left the court on Wednesday because there was only one black jury.

“I mean, it was catastrophic,” he said.

The jury will decide along with Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddy” Brian Jr. Convicts of abuse and murder. They are innocent. Defendants face charges such as aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to incarcerate a wrongdoer.

Arbery’s family lawyer Lee Merritt wrote about the number of black jurors remaining on Twitter, saying in a post that “only one of 16 possible jurors is African-American.”

Jason Sheffield, Travis McMichael’s lawyer, called the selection process “complete” but said he was happy with the outcome and that the selected jury would be fair.

“We are very pleased to be able to select 16 members of this community now,” Sheffield said as he left the court. “Where this community can now determine the pending issues of this indictment, and we truly hope they will do it fairly.

The selection process was lengthy

Murder of Arberry Provoked national outrage After a Video of him shooting Made public. The 25-year-old black man was shot and killed on February 23, 2020, while out jogging in Brunswick.
McMichaels said they would arrest a citizen on Arbery, whom they suspect stole, and Travis McMichael who shot him in self-defense. Brian, who recorded the video Arbery was attacked by his truck After he joined McMichaels in the pursuit of Arbery, the Georgia intelligence agency testified.

The men were not arrested until the video of the shooting was released.

The judge himself thought that finding people to sit on the judging panel was a challenging and lengthy process. I got frustrated last month.
From About 1,000 people were summoned As part of the jury selection committee, less than half came.
No official reason has been given for the low turnout. But among those who came, Many said they had already formed strong opinions about the case and were aware of the defendants or were afraid to sit down, indicating the potential consequences of the lawsuit in the Clin County community.

“I think it would be naive to think that there can be no repercussions in the real world,” a woman told lawyers last month in the early days of the selection process.

The arbitral tribunal shall be dismissed shortly before the opening of the reports. The judges were asked to report back at 9 a.m. Friday

There weren’t enough ‘pappa’ people, the defense attorney said

Defense prosecutors have previously expressed concern not only about how many people did not show up, but also about who went missing.

“Without a four-year college degree, born in the South, over the age of 40, the representation of white men, sometimes called ‘Papa’ or ‘Joe Six Pack’, appears to be significantly lower,” said defense attorney Kevin Koff. , Representing Brian, told the court Friday.

“I think the real question in this case is whether that population is under-represented on this jury, without being meant to be identical in any way,” Koff added. “If so, we have a problem with that.”

Sheffield, Travis McMichael’s lawyer, brought the population back this week, insisting that “a small number of people were involved during the jury selection process, which did not properly represent the accused in this case and the accused could not be seen throughout.” Look at the courtroom and the people who are like themselves. “

But an arbitration panel should only represent race and gender, not socio-economic background, said CNN legal analyst Page Bad. Pat said there will be a general diversity of economic backgrounds among those invited.

“Participation on the jury is important, but more than just to uphold the diversity of race and gender, but not the‘ pappa ’background, whatever it is,” Pat said. “I represented the doctors who went to the hearing. Now, was there a meeting of the doctors on my jury? Of course not.”

Clin County, with a population of over 85,000, is approximately 70% white and 27% black, according to 2019 data U.S. Census Bureau.

Even if there are no “pops”, there really is no problem unless the lawyers remove people only because of race. “