Despite the defense attorney’s request that no Black pastors attend the Arbery trial, Jesse Jackson remains.


Despite the defense attorney’s request that no Black pastors be present at the Arbery trial, Jesse Jackson remains.

The Associated Press’s RUSS BYNUM contributed to this report.


The Rev. (AP) —

Jesse Jackson attended the trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery’s parents on Monday, prompting a defense attorney’s unsuccessful request to have the civil rights leader removed.

Greg and Travis McMichael, father and son, armed themselves and chased down a 25-year-old Black man driving a pickup truck in their neighborhood on Feb.

Wednesday, March 23, 2020

William “Roddie” Bryan, their next-door neighbor, joined the chase and told police he ran Arbery off the road with his own truck before recording Travis McMichael shooting him three times with a shotgun on his cellphone.

Last week, when the Rev.

In the Glynn County courtroom, Al Sharpton joined Arbery’s mother and father.

“We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here,” Attorney Kevin Gough told the judge, implying that Sharpton was attempting to sway the jury.

When Jackson sat in the back of the courtroom gallery between Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, and father, Marcus Arbery Sr., Gough expressed his concern once more.

While speaking with Cooper-Jones, the civil rights leader wore a mask that he pulled down beneath his chin.

“We object to his presence in the public gallery in the context of this trial,” Gough told the judge outside the courtroom.

“Does the Arbery family have a lot of pastors? We used to have the Rev.

“Last week, we had Al Sharpton.”

Marcus Arbery, right, applauds as his ex-wife Wanda Cooper speaks about their son Ahmaud Arbery’s assassination as civil rights leader Rev.

Outside the Glynn County courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 1, Al Sharpton stands between them.

Brunswick, Georgia, on October 10, 2021.

The Revised Version

During a lunch break in the trial of three men charged with murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Abery, Sharpton led a prayer and spoke out against injustice.

(AP photo/Terry Dickson/The Brunswick News)

“These prominent civil rights icons have no reason to be here,” he continued.

With all due respect, I believe that a juror’s presence in the courtroom will inevitably influence them, whether intentionally or unintentionally.”

Judge Timothy of the Superior Court…

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