Ahmaud Arbery trial: Lawyer says Al Sharpton, black pastors could intimidate jury

Ahmaud Arbery trial: Lawyer says Al Sharpton, black pastors could intimidate jury


A defense attorney for one of three white men on trial for murdering Ahmaud Arbery told the judge Thursday he had an issue with Rev. Al Sharpton and other black pastors sitting with the victim’s family in court because it could intimidate the jury.

Attorney Kevin Gough, who represents William “Roddie” Bryan, asked the judge to step in after he learned Sharpton had been sitting with Arbery’s family in the Georgia courtroom a day earlier.

“There’s only so many pastors they can have. If their pastor is Al Sharpton right now, then that’s fine, but then that’s it,” Gough told Judge Timothy R. Walmsley.

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“We don’t want any more black pastors coming in here or others, Jesse Jackson, whoever was in here

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