Judge Rejects Defense Request to Remove Jesse Jackson from Ahmaud Arbery Trial

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The defense argued that the presence of a civil rights icon could prejudice the jury.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, sits with Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, during the trial of Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William 'Roddie' Bryan in the Glynn County Courthouse, in Brunswick, Ga., November 15, 2021. (Stephen B. Morton/Pool via Reuters)

The judge presiding over the Ahmaud Arbery trial rejected the defense team's request to remove civil rights activist Jesse Jackson from the court room during Monday's proceedings.

A lawyer representing one of the men indicted with murder and other crimes in Arbery's death argued Jackson's presence in eyeshot of the jury could bias their deliberations.

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"He is, your honor, I think we all know, an icon in the civil rights movement," attorney Kevin Gough told Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley, after the jury had been sequestered.

"And in other circumstances, I think everybody would be happy to have their picture taken, maybe get an autograph, but in the context of…
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