Killer in Arbery Case Sentenced Again to Life in Prison

Travis McMichael was convicted of a federal hate crime following a state murder conviction in 2021. His lawyer tried without success to have part of the sentence served in federal prison.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Yes, Lynching Is Still a Thing

A new law that makes lynching a federal hate crime addresses an atrocity that continues to this day.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #byrd-james-jr, #emmett-till-anti-lynching-act, #floyd-george-d-2020, #hate-crimes, #lynching, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #till-emmett-louis, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘So Much Hatred’: Jury Foreman Shaken by Evidence in Arbery Trial

With so much evidence of racism, said Marcus Ransom, the only Black man on the jury, it was not difficult to find Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers guilty of hate crimes.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #hate-crimes, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ransom-marcus

Ahmaud Arbery Killing: Three Men Found Guilty of Hate Crimes

Jurors delivered a swift verdict after a weeklong trial in which prosecutors presented voluminous evidence of the men’s racist beliefs and language.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

Hate Crimes Case in Arbery Murder Goes to Jury

In closing arguments, prosecutors said that Ahmaud Arbery’s killers were motivated by racism. Lawyers for the defendants said the men had suspected him of committing crimes.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #perras-christopher-j, #wood-lisa-godbey

After Calling One Witness, Defense Rests in Arbery Hate Crimes Trial

A federal jury will hear closing arguments on Monday and then determine whether the three men convicted of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder killed him because he was Black.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bond-julian, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Prosecutors Show Voluminous Evidence of Racism by Arbery Murderers

The government emphasized not only racial slurs but also expressions of support for vigilantism.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #georgia, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Prosecutors Focus on Arbery Killers’ Failure to Help as He Lay Dying

The men were previously convicted of murder. The government is now trying to build a case that racism fueled their actions.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #georgia, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

Prosecutor Outlines Arbery Killers’ Use of Racial Slurs

The three white men are facing federal hate crime charges in Mr. Arbery’s death. In opening arguments, their lawyers said that they were motivated by concern about crime in their South Georgia neighborhood.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

In Arbery Hate Crimes Trial, Racism Will Take Center Stage

Jurors in the unusual case will be asked to decide if the men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery were motivated by racial animus. The evidence they may consider includes explicitly racist language.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #floyd-george-d-2020, #garland-merrick-b, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hate-crimes, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

Hate Crimes Trial to Proceed After Arbery Killers Withdraw Guilty Pleas

Gregory and Travis McMichael had previously agreed to plead guilty, but a federal judge rejected the deal, which offered 30-year sentences. Jury selection is set to begin on Monday.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #wood-lisa-godbey

Hate Crimes Trial to Proceed After Failed Plea Deal With Arbery’s Killers

Gregory McMichael had previously agreed to plead guilty, but a federal judge rejected the deal that offered a 30-year sentence. He has now affirmed his original not guilty plea, court records show.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955

How a Plea Deal in the Arbery Hate Crime Case Unraveled

Prosecutors thought they had come up with an iron-clad deal to put Ahmaud Arbery’s killers away. But for his family, it wasn’t enough.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #decisions-and-verdicts, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #sentences-criminal

Ahmaud Arbery Killing: Prosecutors Strike Hate-Crime Plea Deals

The victim’s mother denounced the deals made with two of the three men convicted of murder, saying she wants a federal trial to put any self-defense arguments to rest.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Three Men Sentenced to Life in Prison in Ahmaud Arbery Killing

One man will be eligible for parole after 30 years. The three face a federal trial on hate crime charges next month.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #crime-and-criminals, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dunikoski-linda, #hate-crimes, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

A Prosecutor’s Winning Strategy in the Ahmaud Arbery Case

The three men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty of murder. We explore how the prosecution secured this verdict from a mostly white jury.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #atlanta-ga, #audio-neutral-informative, #black-people

The Omicron Variant Is Creating a Lot of Anxiety

The Omicron variant is creating a lot of anxiety.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #waukesha-wis-holiday-parade-attack-2021

‘Self Defense’ Is Becoming Meaningless in a Flood of Guns

More guns, no matter in whose hands, will create more standoffs, more intimidation, more death sanctioned in the eyes of the law.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #georgia, #rittenhouse-kyle, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #wisconsin

How a Prosecutor Addressed a Mostly White Jury and Won a Conviction in the Arbery Case

Linda Dunikoski, a prosecutor brought in from the Atlanta area, struck a careful tone in a case that many saw as an obvious act of racial violence.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dunikoski-linda, #jury-system, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

The Guilty Verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery Case Are a Welcome Respite

This was a reminder that the lives of Black people are valued in this country — at least on occasion.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #discrimination, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling, #united-states, #vigilantes

U.S. Reacts to Guilty Verdict in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Case

The murder convictions of three white men in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were praised by many as a just outcome in a case that could have stoked racial divisions.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

‘Justice Was Served’: Guilty Verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery Case

Readers express relief. One calls it the “only rational and equitable verdict.” Also: A Covid Thanksgiving, and one in prison; children and grief.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #grief-emotion, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #thanksgiving-day

Arbery Verdict: What is Malice Murder?

In finding Travis McMichael guilty of that charge, the 12 jurors found that he had deliberately intended to kill Mr. Arbery.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #decisions-and-verdicts, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Ahmaud Arbery Was Murdered. But His Life Will Not Be Forgotten.

We do not just remember the death. We remember the life, the beauty, the art, the feeling, the waiting, the living.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #bryan-william-roddie, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

Jury Begins Deliberations in Arbery Killing

The jurors in Glynn County, Ga., will resume deliberating on Wednesday. The three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery face charges of both malice murder and felony murder.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #bryan-william-roddie, #glynn-county-ga, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #self-defense

Lawyers Clash Over Whether Pursuit of Arbery Was Justified

In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors also raised a racial motive for why the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery began chasing him.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #racial-profiling

Who Are the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Defendants?

The three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery are Gregory McMichael, 65; his 35-year-old son, Travis McMichael; and their neighbor, William Bryan, 52.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986

For Arbery’s Family and Friends, a Time of Anguish and Activism

With closing arguments set to begin in the trial of three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, those closest to him have kept a prayerful vigil at the courthouse.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

‘Woke Left Mob’ Influenced Jury in Trial of Arbery Murder Suspects, Lawyer Says

The defense lawyer for one of three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery unsuccessfully moved for a mistrial. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in Brunswick, Ga.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #atlanta-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gough-kevin-1962

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Acquittal and America’s Gun Laws

Readers react to the verdict, discuss America’s self-defense laws and make connections to the Ahmaud Arbery case. Also: The social policy bill.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #democratic-party, #gun-control, #house-of-representatives, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vigilantes

Discussions of Race Are Notably Absent in Trial of Arbery Murder Suspects

Many outside observers say Ahmaud Arbery’s death at the hands of three white men is a prominent example of racial violence. But the jury never heard that argument.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #hate-crimes, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

Prosecutor Challenges Assailant on Whether Arbery Posed a Threat

Before Travis McMichael pointed his gun at Ahmaud Arbery, Mr. Arbery had not yelled at him or brandished a weapon, Mr. McMichael acknowledged under cross-examination.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #bryan-william-roddie, #gough-kevin-1962, #jackson-jesse-l, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sharpton-al, #united-states-coast-guard, #vigilantes

From Kyle Rittenhouse to Steve Bannon, the Brazenness of White Men

Race hangs heavy over cases featuring white male defendants accused of everything from murder to insurrection.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #bannon-stephen-k, #black-people, #chansley-jacob-anthony-jake-angeli, #discrimination, #gosar-paul-1958, #gough-kevin-1962, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #rittenhouse-kyle, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vigilantes

Man Who Fatally Shot Ahmaud Arbery Describes a ‘Life or Death’ Encounter

Travis McMichael, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #georgia, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #robberies-and-thefts

Judge Rejects Call for Mistrial in Case Against Men Accused of Killing Arbery

One defense lawyer objected to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presence in court. Another said jurors looked sympathetically at Ahmaud Arbery’s mother as she sobbed at the sight of her son’s photo.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #bryan-william-roddie, #glynn-county-ga, #gough-kevin-1962, #jackson-jesse-l, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sharpton-al

Self-Defense Claims Are Interrogated In Cases About Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery

The Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery cases raise intriguing legal questions about people who take the law into their own hands and then claim self-defense when someone dies.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #grosskreutz-gaige, #huber-anthony-d-2020, #kenosha-wis, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #self-defense, #vigilantes

Lawyer for Man Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Draws Scrutiny

Kevin Gough argued that the Rev. Al Sharpton’s presence in court was intimidating to the jury. “We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here,” he said.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #gough-kevin, #legal-profession, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal, #sharpton-al

In Trial of Men Accused of Arbery Murder, Jurors Consider Security Videos

Ahmaud Arbery was recorded at the site of a partially constructed home several times. The footage will be central to the question of whether the defendants had the legal right to chase him.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #glynn-county-ga, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-glynn-county-ga, #race-and-ethnicity

In Trial Opening, Two Starkly Different Views of Ahmaud Arbery’s Death

The prosecutor said Mr. Arbery had come “under attack.” Defense attorneys said their clients were justified in chasing him and trying to detain him.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #self-defense

Nearly All-White Jury in Arbery Killing Draws Scrutiny

The guidelines that allowed the judge to seat a panel with one Black juror were meant to remove bias from the process but have come to be considered a failure by many legal scholars.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #discrimination, #glynn-county-ga, #jury-system, #race-and-ethnicity

In Jury Selection for the Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing, Only 1 Black Juror is Chosen

After a grueling selection process, opening statements in the case against three white men accused of chasing down and killing Mr. Arbery are expected to begin on Friday.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #glynn-county-ga, #jury-system, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986

Only 1 Black Juror Chosen in Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery Case

After a grueling selection process, opening statements in the case against three white men accused of chasing down and killing Mr. Arbery are expected to begin on Friday.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #glynn-county-ga, #jury-system, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986

As the Trial in Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing Nears, a Community Is on Edge

In the months since Mr. Arbery was shot to death, Brunswick, Ga., has been focused on issues of racial inequality.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #brunswick-ga, #discrimination, #johnson-jackie-1972, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

The Ahmaud Arbery Trial

He was chased and shot to death on a residential street. But will a jury rule that he was murdered?

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #atlanta-ga, #georgia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Jury Selection Begins in Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing

Whether the three men accused in Mr. Arbery’s death were motived by racism will quite likely be a major theme in the case.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #bryan-william-roddie, #hate-crimes, #jury-system, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986

In Trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing, Video to Have a Big Role

Three white men are charged in the death of Arbery, an unarmed Black man, in a coastal Georgia suburb. Jury selection begins on Monday.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #brunswick-ga, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Former Prosecutor in Ahmaud Arbery’s Death Faces Criminal Charges

Jackie Johnson was indicted by a grand jury in Glynn County, Ga., on charges of “violation of oath of public officer” and “obstruction and hindering a law enforcement officer.”

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #bryan-william-roddie, #carr-christopher-m, #conflicts-of-interest, #georgia, #johnson-jackie-1972, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Ahmaud Arbery Shooting: 3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges

The Justice Department’s announcement of the charges was the latest in a string of moves to make civil rights protections a priority.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting

The Justice Department’s announcement of the charges was the latest in a string of moves to make civil rights protections a priority.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Georgia to Weaken Citizen’s Arrest Law

The governor supports a bill passed on Wednesday that repeals language allowing people to arrest someone who they witnessed committing a crime.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #crime-and-criminals, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #state-legislatures, #vigilantes