Ahmaud Arbery’s life came to an end when he was murdered by Greg and Travis McMichael. In a hectic year of social justice in 2020, it came during a time when the masses were mourning the death of George Floyd. Arbery’s footage appeared online and created a frenzy to see him receive justice.
According to a report by TMZ, the defense team created a list of demands that they would like when a trial date gets set. According to the documents they filed, the defense is asking that Arbery doesn’t get mentioned as a “victim”. They assert that since the McMichaels are arguing self-defense, that they were in fact the victims and not Arbery. They don’t want “loaded words” like “victim” being used in any circumstance when pertaining to Arbery. Only neutral language.
The defense team is also asking that only one photo of Arbery be used, and it cannot include him with family members or close friends. They also requested that none of his family be able to identify him in court, only unrelated third party witnesses. Their stance here is that they don’t want to let the jury see Arbery as a sympathetic character. AKA, they want to dehumanize him by removing elements of his life, like family and friends, that would show his true qualities.
Lastly, the defense has requested that no Black Lives Matter face masks be allowed in court, that no phone calls they’ve made in jail can be used as evidence (kinda points to something going on there, no?), but they would like to use Arbery’s criminal record against him. Of course, these are all very one-sided requests, however, a judge must still respond to them. We’ll keep you updated when that happens.
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