Kamala Harris criticizes defense lawyers' 'racist' tactics after guilty verdicts in the Arbery case | MCU Times

Kamala Harris criticizes defense lawyers’ ‘racist’ tactics after guilty verdicts in the Arbery case

Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday that the convictions of three men in the assassination of Ahmaud Arbery came despite racist tactics used by defense attorneys representing the white accused.

“These judgments send an important message, but the fact is that we still have work to do,” Ms. Harris in a statement. ‘The defense attorney chose to strike a tone that regarded the ministers’ participation in the trial as intimidation and dehumanized a young black man with racist troops. The jury reached its verdict despite this tactic. “

Defense attorney Kevin Gough twice asked Judge Timothy Walmsley to remove Pastor Al Sharpton from court, saying the civil rights activist was trying to influence the disproportionately white jury. He also complained that activists outside the courthouse tried to influence the jury with banners and signs, and also objected to the priests’ meeting.

Mrs Harris said Mr Arbery, 25, “was a son. He was a brother. He was a friend. His life had meaning. We will not forget him. We honor him best by continuing the fight for justice.

“The jury handed down its verdicts and the three defendants were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. Yet we feel the weight of grief,” the vice president said. “Ahmaud Arbery should be alive and nothing can remove the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, his father Marcus Arbery and the entire Arbery family and community feel today. I share that pain. “

This story is based in part on wiring service reports.

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