The Ahmaud Arbery Verdict

A Glynn County, Ga., jury convicted three males Wednesday of homicide within the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery. It was the third dramatic homicide trial this yr—after these of Derek Chauvin and Kyle Rittenhouse—to draw nationwide political consideration. The problem in our polarized occasions is to disregard the political narratives constructed round specific instances and focus, because the juries have finished, on the info and regulation.

This case offered an uncommon query for the jury on the attain of Georgia’s citizen’s-arrest statute. The regulation empowered residents with authority approaching that of law-enforcement officers to detain somebody if that they had “probable grounds of suspicion” the individual is escaping the fee of a felony. (The statute has since been narrowed considerably.)



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