Lawyer at Ahmaud Arbery trial tries to eject Jesse Jackson

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Lawyer at Ahmaud Arbery trial tries to eject Jesse Jackson

A defense lawyer at the murder trial in the death of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery wanted civil rights leader Jesse Jackson booted from a Georgia courtroom on Monday — only to be quickly denied by the judge.

Kevin Gough, who represents one of three white men accused of running down and killing the 25-year-old victim, argued that the prominent pastor’s presence could sway jurors in the racially charged trial.

“How many pastors does the Arbery family have?” said Gough, who represents defendant William “Roddie” Bryan in the case. “The seats in the public gallery of a courtroom are not like courtside seats at a Lakers game.”

The complaint follows a similar gripe by defense lawyers last week when the Rev. Al Sharpton took a seat next to Arbery’s family.

On Monday, Judge Timothy Walmsley took issue with the new request, abruptly turning it down.

“At this point, I’m not exactly sure what you’re doing,” Walmsley told Gough. “It’s almost as if you’re just trying to keep continuing this for purposes other than just bringing it to the court’s attention, and I find that objectionable.”

Kevin Gough.
Kevin Gough represents William “Roddie” Bryan, one of three white men accused of running down and killing Ahmaud Arbery.
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William "Roddie" Bryan listens to arguments during the trial.
William “Roddie” Bryan listens to arguments during the trial.
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Walmsley also denied Gough’s request for a mistrial after Arbery’s mother reacted to a photo of her son with an emotional “outcry,” with the judge noting that emotions are “neither unreasonable nor unexpected.”

Bryan, 52, is on trial in Glynn County along with Gregory McMichael, 65, and his 35-year-old son, Travis McMichael, in Arbery’s Feb. 23, 2020, death.

A viral video of the shooting recorded by Bryan shows Arbery being chased by the McMichaels, who claim they thought the jogger was a burglar.

The footage shows a shotgun-wielding Travis Michael approach Arbery after he’s cornered, then struggle over the gun before Arbery is shot and mortally wounded.

Jesse Jackson.
“How many pastors does the Arbery family have?” Kevin Gough complained to the court about the Rev. Jesse Jackson sitting next to Ahmaud Arbery’s family.
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Kevin Gough.
Kevin Gough previously filed a request for a mistrial after Ahmaud Arbery’s mother reacted to a photo of her son with an emotional “outcry.”
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The trial entered its second week of testimony on Monday, with controversy already surrounding the case: Only one of the 12 jurors on the panel is black.

Regardless of the outcome, all three defendants also face federal hate-crime charges.

They have claimed self-defense in the case.

With Post wires

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