“We Don’t Want Any More Black Pastors Coming in Here”
A defense lawyer at the Ahmaud Arbery trial just said the quite part out loud, claiming that black pastors in the audience are jury tampering.
Nope, no racist dirt-bags here:
An attorney for one of the three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery complained in court on Thursday about the attendance of the Rev. Al Sharpton at the trial, claiming that the presence of “high profile members of the African American community” could been seen as an attempt to “pressure” or “influence” the jury.
“Obviously, there’s only so many pastors they can have,” William “Roddie” Bryan attorney Kevin Gough said in court on Thursday afternoon. “If their pastor’s Al Sharpton right now, that’s fine, but then that’s it. We don’t want any more black pastors coming in here — or other — Jesse Jackson, whoever was in here, in here earlier this week, sitting with the victim’s family trying to influence a jury in this case.”
“I think the court can understand my concern about bringing people in who really don’t have any ties to this case, other than political interests, and we want to keep politics out of this case,” Gough added, later. “So I’m asking the court to take appropriate steps to make sure that the gallery — which is already limited in this case — isn’t being utilized for a purpose that could be viewed as improper.”
Gough asked the judge to keep “these people” out of the courtroom, a request that was summarily denied.
“These people,” huh?
Mindless racial hatred really is at the core of the case, isn’t it?