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Three defendants have all been convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. are actually life in jail. Their trial in Brunswick, Georgia, was a testomony to 2 key parts in the felony justice system: the integrity of the American jury and the energy of videotape proof.

A jury of 11 White jurors and one African American ran the desk on the defendants in convicting all of them for his or her roles in chasing down 25-year-old Arbery, trapping him and then finally killing him. 

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It was the identical racial make-up as the jury in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the place 11 White jurors and one Black juror acquitted the defendant on all counts. 

The jurors in each circumstances exercised cautious deliberation of the proof and rendered verdicts based mostly on that proof. They transcended the passions and the calls for of the public at giant to do justice as required beneath our legal guidelines.

The Arbery case can also be an instance of the influence of videotape proof. It is the newest such case the place authorized arguments couldn’t overcome indelible video photos. That was the case in the George Floyd trial. It was additionally the case in the Rittenhouse trial. 

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The two circumstances, Floyd and Rittenhouse, resulted in numerous verdicts however each verdicts have been propelled by videotapes at the scene. 

The jury couldn’t see a professional police operate in the actions taken by Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin. Conversely, they may see a professional declare of self-defense in the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

All of the lawyering in the world couldn’t get a jury to unsee what they noticed in these movies.

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There can also be notably a comparability to the trial in the loss of life of Trayvon Martin, the place there was no such videotaped proof. The underlying protection claims have been strikingly related. Both George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in Martin’s capturing loss of life, and the Georgia defendants charged with killing Arbery claimed that they pursued a suspected felon and that the capturing occurred solely after the deceased grabbed the weapons.  

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In the Martin case, there have been solely two witnesses to the capturing and just one might testify: Zimmerman. Whether a videotape would have supported both Zimmerman or Martin will stay a matter of intense debate. However, a videotape has the capacity to chop by way of authorized arguments to convey readability as to the query of intent.