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It shouldn’t have taken all this to convict Ahmaud Arbery’s killers

by Issac Bailey, © CNN
November 25, 2021

Watching Judge Timothy Walmsley on Wednesday read the verdicts declaring Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 reminded me of how I felt the day openly bigoted Donald Trump was finally declared the loser of the 2020 presidential election. I exhaled while wondering how in the world we were still having to deal with such things in 21st century America and scared as hell that months or years from now I’d look back to what is good news today only to discover it was just a temporary reprieve from an ongoing backlash to racial progress.

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Justice prevailed in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers. In America, that’s a shock

Moustafa Bayoumi
November 25, 2021

It’s shocking that Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. Yet the shock doesn’t stem out of any miscarriage of justice. On the contrary, the jury in Glynn county deliberated and reached the correct decision. Stalking an innocent Black man, chasing him, cornering him, and then killing him must come with criminal consequences in this country, and each of the three murderers now faces the possibility of a life sentence.

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Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

-Plutarch

Legal Wrangle Between NYT and O’Keefe Puts Press Freedom at Risk

ARI PAUL, © FAIR
November 24, 2021

“Oh please, dear? For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint,” a patriotic Walter Sobchak tells a diner waitress after she implores him to keep his voice down in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. So iconic is this pop culture reference to American jurisprudence that it was actually cited by a Texas judge in a First Amendment case (Business Insider, 9/5/14).

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The great thieves lead away the little thief.

-Diogenes

West Virginia’s Coal Baron Governor Owes Millions in Fines

ADAM MAHONEY, © MotherJones
November 24, 2021

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice used coal to propel himself into public office in the coal-friendly state, but a few hundred miles away his association with coal is not so positive. Earlier this month in Kentucky, the billionaire politician and his son-turned-business partner were personally fined $2.9 million by the state for failing to reclaim three of their Eastern Kentucky mines, a process that makes them environmentally safe for redevelopment.

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An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

-Plutarch

Defense lawyer prompts outrage for bringing up Ahmaud Arbery’s toenails in closing arguments

Theresa Waldrop, © CNN
November 24, 2021

A sentence uttered by a defense attorney in the trial of those accused in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery brought an audible gasp from people in the courtroom Monday — and elicited outrage from his family and legal experts.

The defense attorneys for Gregory and Travis McMichael, who on Wednesday were found guilty of murder and other charges, repeatedly tried to present Arbery as a criminal. On Monday, Laura Hogue, one of Gregory McMichael’s lawyers, went further.

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