Arbery and Rittenhouse trials show the transcendent strength of our jury system

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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 now looking at life in prison. Their trial in Brunswick, Georgia, was a testament to two key elements in the criminal justice system: the integrity of the American jury and the power of videotape evidence.

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


It was the same racial makeup as the jury in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, where 11 White jurors and one Black juror acquitted the defendant on all counts. 

The jurors in both cases exercised careful deliberation of the evidence and rendered verdicts based on that evidence. They transcended the passions and the demands of the public at large to do justice as required under our laws.

The Arbery case is also an example of the impact of videotape evidence. It is the latest such case where legal arguments could not overcome indelible video images.

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