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Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:35 AM

Court Mistakenly Gave Potential Jurors Access to Ahmaud Arbery's Mental Health History

The Georgia county court trying the alleged murderers of Ahmaud Arbery has mistakenly exposed potential jurors to suppressed evidence, including his mental health history, which a judge banned from the trial.

Jury candidates who visit the Glynn County Superior Court website seeking information about what time and what day they need to show up can view—in just a couple clicks—all the motions filed so far in the murder trial of Travis and Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan.

Those documents include specifics about Arbery’s mental health and prior criminal history that a judge ordered suppressed and never brought up in court.

The motions also include evidence that prosecutors would like to use against the McMichaels, including a Confederate flag vanity plate on Travis’ truck and how often the father and son had used their licensed firearms. The judge has yet to make a ruling on the admissibility of that evidence.

If a jury candidate were to read that information, it would make them ineligible to sit on the jury that will determine the McMichaels’ and Bryan’s fates. And if that person were to be chosen for the jury, it could be grounds for a mistrial, although that’s unlikely, legal experts told VICE News.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5qxgw/ahmaud-arbery-mental-health-history-given-jury-candidates

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Reply Court Mistakenly Gave Potential Jurors Access to Ahmaud Arbery's Mental Health History (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA Oct 20 OP
Merlot Oct 20 #1
Irish_Dem Oct 20 #2
underpants Oct 20 #7
Ilsa Oct 20 #14
LoisB Oct 20 #3
Solly Mack Oct 20 #4
Beatlelvr Oct 20 #6
Solly Mack Oct 20 #9
CBHagman Oct 20 #13
no_hypocrisy Oct 20 #5
Wingus Dingus Oct 20 #8
sarisataka Oct 20 #10
NewDayOranges Oct 20 #11
obamanut2012 Oct 20 #12
Faux pas Oct 20 #15
csziggy Oct 20 #16
Jilly_in_VA Oct 20 #17

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:42 AM

1. "mistakenly?" oh please.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:44 AM

2. Exactly. I am not buying "mistake" either.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:58 AM

7. Yeah. Whoops.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:32 AM

14. South Georgia. No mistake there,

even though there are plenty of fuckups, including not charging them after it happened because the district attorney argued that there was not sufficient probable cause to arrest Mr. Arbery’s pursuers.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:48 AM

3. Right. Someone put his/her thumb on the scale, "mistakenly".

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:49 AM

4. Snort

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:54 AM

6. This case must go forward

Those cretins stalked him, deliberately cornered him and killed him. Why? Because they think he was on some property illegally? Yeah, that deserves a death sentence! And they filmed it! Put these fuckers away, please!

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Response to Beatlelvr (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:01 AM

9. Of course it needs to go forward.

I agree. Throw them in jail.

And also find out who placed the suppressed evidence for potential jurors to find.

Throw them in jail too.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:30 AM

13. It was frightening to see the aftermath, too, meaning the footage of the scene...

...when law enforcement arrived. The dehumanizing of Ahmaud Arbery had already begun.

On edit: I mean that in the footage I saw, I detected no effort to determine whether Ahmaud Arbery was even still alive, let alone an attempt to save him.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2020/12/17/ahmaud-arbery-body-camera-video/

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:52 AM

5. Impanel a new group of jurors

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:00 AM

8. That's the only appropriate measure now.

Who believes this was an accident?

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:11 AM

10. Sorry...

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:11 AM

11. Is this mistrial worthy?

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:27 AM

12. A new slate of jurors ahs to be enpaneled

This "oops, did I do that????" isn't going to work.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:34 AM

15. ...

Sounds very suspicious to me. Oops doesn't fix it.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 10:49 AM

16. "Glynn County told VICE News that the court is aware of the links and a solution is in the works."

From the link in the OP:

Glynn County told VICE News that the court is aware of the links and a solution is in the works.

“We are aware of that issue, and the decision about that will be made by the judge,” Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald Adams told VICE News Tuesday morning.

The trial motions are available on a menu on the left side of the court’s website. Clicking one of the three links labeled “State Of Georgia vs Gregory McMichael,” “State Of Georgia vs Travis McMichael,” or “State Of Georgia vs William ‘Roddie’ Bryan,” directs visitors to a page containing every filing and ruling related to the case since May 11, 2020, when warrants for the McMichaels’ arrests were filed.


I wonder if this is routine for this Georgia county - leaving suppressed evidence movements accessible to potential jurors. If so, every defense attorney for every case that was lost, that could have been influenced by jurors seeing this information, should appeal to overturn convictions in that county!

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 11:15 AM

17. Start over

Move the case. Call new jurors.

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