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A lawyer representing one of the defendants accused of the murder of Ahmed Arbery doubled down on Friday over criticism of the presence of black clergy at trial, claiming in a failed motion for a false claim that their presence and the wider spectrum of the case. Media coverage has made it. It is impossible for a jury to be impartial.

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Kevin Gough, representing William “Roddy” Bryan, said the proceedings had turned into a “crowd-led trial”, claiming that the jury and witnesses are concerned about their livelihoods after the trial is over.

Gough has repeatedly claimed that prominent black clergy, such as Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpone, who sit with Arbery’s family, are trying to influence jurors, but Judge Timothy Walmsley rejected Gough’s requests. Rejected that he has been barred from the courtroom.

Hundreds of black pastors gathered outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, on Thursday for a rally in response to Gough, who she said last week that “we don’t want any more black pastors here” — a comment she later made. I apologized.

Gough said Friday that many rally attendees came because they wanted to see justice in the case, but said he believed there was a “wake up left” effect behind the rally and the clergy sitting in the courtroom. could.

Gough has repeatedly proposed a wrongful trial over the past few days because of the clergy sitting in the courtroom, but Walmsley has denied Gough’s comments, calling them “reprehensible”.

Rejecting Gough’s request on Friday, Walmsley said: “I think the court’s position has previously been accurately stated.”

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