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A Prosecutor’s Winning Strategy in the Ahmaud Arbery Case

The Daily

The New York Times

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🗓️ 29 November 2021

⏱️ 37 minutes

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This episode contains strong language. Heading into deliberations in the trial of the three white men in Georgia accused of chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man, it was not clear which way the jurors were leaning. In the end, the mostly white jury found all three men guilty of murder. We look at the prosecution’s decision not to make race a central tenet of their case, and how the verdict was reached. Guest: Richard Fausset, a correspondent based in Atlanta.

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From New York Times, I'm Michael Willbarrow. This is The Daily.


Madam, for a person, I understand you have reached a verdict as to each defendant.


Please hand you verdict forms to the sheriff.




We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael, the defendant Greg McMichael, and the defendant William R. Brian Guilty.


The three men who killed a mod Arbery have been found guilty of murder.


The Triggerman, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William Roddy Brian,


claimed that they suspected Arbery of burglaries in their neighborhood and were attempting to make a citizens arrest.


I spoke to my colleague Richard Fosse, about why the prosecutors chose not to make race.


The center of a case that many saw as an obvious act of racial violence.


It's Monday, November 29.


Richard, heading into deliberations last week, it was not at all clear what direction the jurors were going to go in with this verdict.


And I think a lot of that came down to two things.


The first was our sense as you had told us that under Georgia's self-defense and citizen's arrest laws,


the three defendants in this case would have a relatively strong case.


And the second was the verdict just a few days earlier in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse,


where a self-defense argument had prevailed.


And yet here at the jury overwhelmingly found all three men involved in this case guilty of murder.


So help us understand how we got here.


Well, I think one of the elements of this trial that stood out to many of the people who were watching it from the outside


was this key decision by the prosecution team and the lead prosecutor, Linda Dinockowski,


that really kind of went against the grain of the broader narrative of the story of the killing of a mod arboree.


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