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The racial justice litmus-test trial of the white killers of 25-year-old Black Georgian Ahmaud Arbery is currently underway in Brunswick, in the south-east of the state.

Earlier today the jury was shown video of Arbery walking around a vacant property on an earlier visit to the mostly white southern Georgia neighborhood where hewas later fatally shot after being chased by three white men who are now on trial for murder.

Defendants Gregory McMichael, 65, his son Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, have pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. They face life in prison if convicted of murder.

The trial is in its second week of hearing arguments and evidence in a case closely-watched and widely regarded as a test for the state of racial justice in the US, although it got underway with a jury of 11 white members and only one Black member, vastly out of proportion with the county demographics.

Meanwhile, after New York politician and civil rights campaigner Al Sharpton showed up, there has apparently been some protest from the defense…

southpaw (@nycsouthpaw)

A defense attorney for the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery is currently objecting to Al Sharpton’s presence in the court room, saying it’s intimidating. “We don’t want any more black pastors in here,” he just said.

November 11, 2021

Speaking outside the Glynn county courthouse as the trial opened, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said she found the final jury’s racial makeup “devastating” but was confident the jury would “make the right decision”.

The defendants have argued they thought Arbery might have been fleeing a crime, rather than going on one of his regular jogs in the area, and they pursued in an attempt to make a citizen’s arrest when he ran through Satilla Shores, a suburb of the small coastal city of Brunswick, south-eastern Georgia, in February 2020.

The man who owned the house under construction where Arbery was seen on surveillance tape wandering around, Larry English, has said he called 911 – but had also called 911 previously when a white couple were caught on tape similarly intruding on the property.

English has also said, via a lawyer, that he later concluded that Arbery had been stopping by a faucet on his property for a drink of water.

Drilling down a little now on Donald Trump’s request for the federal appeals court to block the release of his White House records from the National Archive in relation to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol by his extremist supporters.

Those more steeped in court-speak have been examining some of the language in the legal documents.

Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman)

Trump has asked for a placeholder “administrative” injunction until he formally asks the DC Circuit for an injunction blocking production of the docs while he pursues the appeal. The expedited schedule that the committee did agree to would push things back by less than a week

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And further, on what the committe and the National Archives are – or more importantly are not – arguing today:

Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman)

Clarification: The expedited schedule they’ve jointly proposed is for Trump to more formally argue for an injunction pending his appeal of the order denying a prelim. injunction by the district court judge — same core issue, different procedural posture

November 11, 2021


Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman)

I’m seeing a lot of people asking why the committee wouldn’t fight the administrative injunction request in the meantime. @bradheath, as always, puts things well

November 11, 2021

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s top election official, was sitting at his kitchen counter with his wife, Tricia, in early January, his cell phone on a metal stand so he could take notes. On the other line was Donald Trump, who had lost Georgia to Joe Biden in November, a result confirmed by multiple recounts.

The president had a blunt and unimaginable request for Raffensperger: find enough votes to flip the results of the election in Georgia.

Raffensperger, a mild-mannered engineer by training, refused to go along with the president’s request, but saw it as a threat, he writes in his new book Integrity Counts.

He and his family have since been subject to a barrage of harassment, including death threats, from Trump and his supporters.

In an interview with the Guardian, Raffensperger said he has not spoken to Trump since, and he does not expect to. He added that he still gets occasional threats because of the election results.

Read the full interview: