'Don’t want any more black pastors': Defense lawyer in Ahmaud Arbery case objects to Al Sharpton's presence
A lawyer representing the men who allegedly killed Ahmaud Arbery on Thursday objected to the presence of Al Sharpton in the courtroom.
During Thursday's proceedings, an attorney representing Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan stood up and said he did not want to see so many Black pastors appearing at the trial to support Arbery's family.
"The idea that we're going to be serially bringing these people in to sit with the victim's family, one after another -- obviously, there's only so many pastors they can have," he said. "And if their pastor's Al Sharpton right now, that's fine, but that's it. We don't want any more Black pastors coming in here. Jesse Jackson, or whoever was in here earlier this week, sitting with the victim's family trying to influence the jury in this case."
Judge Timothy Walmsley, however, was not having any of these arguments.
"I can tell you this: I'm not going to start blanketly excluding members of the public from this courtroom," he told the attorney.
Watch the video below.
Defense attorney in the McMichael/Bryan trial objects to Al Sharpton sitting with Ahmaud Arbery\u2019s family: \u201cWe don\u2019t want to have any more black pastors coming in here .. sitting with the victim\u2019s family.\u201d Presumably, white pastors are ok.pic.twitter.com/mvSxtUwocu— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1636657650
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