The defense fails to remove Jesse Jackson from court | MCU Times

The defense fails to remove Jesse Jackson from court

BRUNSWICK, Ga. The judge in the murder case against three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery on Monday rejected a defense lawyer’s request to remove Pastor Jesse Jackson from the courtroom.

The civil rights leader joined Arbery’s family, sparking a heated debate among lawyers and a motion for a lawsuit over Jackson’s presence, and after Arbery’s mother was heard crying in the gallery. Judge Timothy Walmsley also dismissed the request for prosecution.

This is the second time the judge has rejected defense attorney Kevin Gough’s request to exclude members of the public from the courtroom. Last week, Gough took an issue with Pastor Al Sharpton and suggested it would scare the jury.

On Monday, Gough, representing William “Roddie” Bryan, argued that Jackson’s presence could affect his client’s right to a fair trial and asked the court to have Jackson sit in the overflow room next door.

“There is no reason why these prominent icons of the civil rights movement should be here,” he said. “I would suggest, whether intentional or not, a jury will inevitably be affected by their presence in this courtroom.”

Civil rights leader Pastor Jesse Jackson joined Arbery's family in the courtroom, triggering a lawsuit.

Walmsley said he did not realize Jackson was there until Gough pointed it out.

“At this point, it’s almost as if you’re just trying to pursue this for purposes other than just bringing it to the court’s attention, and I find that reprehensible,” Walmsley said.

“I’m done talking about it, Mr Gough,” he continued.

Walmsley also called Gough’s comments last week“reprehensible.”

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