Where is the justice? The past two nationally-televised trials brought home how fragile any judicial fairness often is. If the defendants in the Ahmaud Arbery trial had the two-million-dollar fund that the accused murderer Kyle Rittenhouse had, the results could have been just as tragic. Instead, we saw all three defendants charged as “guilty.” But it gets even better.
We were lucky that Arbery’s accusers were even arrested. It took 70 days for that to finally happen. A former Georgia Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson prosecutor knew one of the defendants, because he use to be an investigator for her. She told him to go home and wash off the evidence. Now, she is in big trouble.
NBC DC reporter Shomari Stone tweeted that Jackie Johnson “turned herself in:”
‘SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 Former prosecutor charged in Ahmaud Arbery case booked in Georgia jail. Jackie Johnson turned herself in. The indictment alleges she used her position to shield Arbery’s killers from prosecution’
This defendant retired in 2019. In their recorded phone call, he said, according to The Associated Press (AP):
‘“Jackie, this is Greg,” he said, according to a recording of the call included in the public case file. “Could you call me as soon as you possibly can? My son and I have been involved in a shooting and I need some advice right away.”’
Staff Writer for The Slate Magazine Mark Joseph Stern tweeted about the recused prosectors:
‘The first prosecutor recused herself because one of the killers worked in her office. The second blamed Arbery for his own death, accusing him of an “aggressive nature.” The third waited ages to arrest the killers. DAs did not want to prosecute these men.’
Johnson was charged with misconduct. The grand jury indicted her on a “felony count of violating her oath of office and hindering a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor.”
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (R) requested prosecutors investigate Arbery’s murder after one of the three defendants released his cellphone video of the entire event. The public was outraged. Carr said:
‘While an indictment was returned today, our file is not closed, and we will continue to investigate in order to pursue justice.’
MSNBC quoted Elie Mystal on the case. They tweeted that he said “it’s illegal to lynch a Black man…as long as you catch it on video:”
‘.@ElieNYC on verdict in Arbery case: “Yes, it was what I expected because as you said, it’s illegal to lynch a Black man in this country as long as you catch it on video.”‘
The defendants were a white father and son who armed themselves, hopped into their pickups, and chased Arbery down before shooting him. The young man had been jogging in his mother’s neighborhood. The defendants’ neighbor took chase and videotaped the whole crime.
Human rights attorney Qasim Rashid, Esq. tweeted that Georgia prosecutor George Barnhill brought a case against a Black woman who “showed a first-time voter how to vote:”
‘GA prosecutor George Barnhill who ruled “no grounds to arrest Ahmaud’s murderers,” ALSO spent years on 2 separate voter fraud cases against Olivia Pearson—a Black woman—bc “she showed a first time (sic) voter how to vote” DOJ needs to review every case he’s had’
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