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Jury selection begins Monday in Georgia for the trial of three men charged in connection with the fatal shooting last year of black male Ahmaud Arbery as he was running in their neighborhood.

Hundreds of people have been ordered to report for jury duty for the trial of the three white defendants, in what could be a long, difficult selection process.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes in connection with Arbery’s death on Feb. 23, 2020, near the port city of Brunswick, according to the Associated Press.

Jury selection is expected to last two weeks or more. The fatal shooting of Arbery, then 25, recorded on a cellphone video by Bryan, attracted national attention as part of the social justice movement in summer 2020.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley is set to conduct a hearing on unresolved legal issues before the trial begins. 

Glynn County has mailed jury-duty notices to 1,000 people, the wire service also reports

Prosecutors say Arbery was jogging when the McMichaels armed themselves with guns and chased him in a pickup truck. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck and recorded Travis McMichael appearing to shoot Arbery.

Defense attorneys say their clients committed no crimes. Greg McMichael told police they pursued Arbery suspecting he was a burglar after security cameras previously recorded him entering a nearby home under construction.

He said Travis McMichael fired his gun in self-defense after the unarmed Arbery attacked him, punching and trying to grab the weapon, the Associated Press also reports.

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BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Granted Release From Jail During Appeal For Hate Crime Hoax Conviction

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On Monday, Jussie Smollett’s lawyers demanded the actor be released from prison after he and his family received “vicious threats” that supposedly raised concern for Smollett’s safety while in jail. This request was granted on Wednesday, allowing Smollett to be released from jail on bond while his lawyers appeal his conviction for staging a hate crime and lying to the police about it.

Back in December, Smollett, 39, was found guilty on five felony counts of disorderly conduct. Last week, the disgraced actor was sentenced to 150 days in jail, restitution to the city of Chicago of $120,106, and a $25,000 fine.

During his sentencing, Smollett claimed that he was not suicidal and that if he dies while in jail, it will be the result of foul play.  He also maintained his innocence during his sentencing despite the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence against him.

“Your honor, I respect you, and I respect your decision,” said Smollett,” but I did not do this, and I am not suicidal. If anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that.”

Only days after being sent to the Cook County Jail, Smollett was placed in the psych ward, which prison officials claimed is standard policy for high profile criminals.

Smollett’s attorneys had insisted that he could be in danger of physical harm if he remained imprisoned at Cook County Jail, claiming their client was the target of “vicious threats”.

“Mr. Smollett has become the target of vicious threats in the social media forums which no doubt reflects the hatred and wish for physical harm towards Smollett which he may experience during incarceration,” the lawyers’ filing said.

Smollett’s brother has reportedly been “bombarded” with threatening phone calls, and the rest of the family has also received threats.

“Mr. Smollett anticipates he will most likely be assigned to segregated incarceration or protective custody, both euphemisms for solitary confinement; a situation which could have extraordinary damage on his mental health,” continued the filing. “As a result, any custodial setting poses a safety and health danger to the life of Mr. Smollett.”

Apparently, damage to a prisoner’s mental health is of the utmost importance in prison now. Jail, of course, is known to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Regardless, since he was convicted of ‘non-violent” offenses, the court is allowing Smollett to be released from Cook County Jail on a $150,000 recognizance bond, which only has to be paid if he misses a court date.

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VIDEO: Kim Potter Only sentenced to 16 months in prison for 1st Degree Manslaughter

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Extreme Leniency: Kim Potter was just sentenced to 24 months (2 years) in prison with credit for 8 months time served, meaning her sentence is 16 months.

Judge Regina Chu said that this was the case of a “cop who made a tragic mistake. She drew her firearm thinking it was a Taser and ended up killing a young man.”

The court approved a downward departure from the typical sentence, as Chu said Potter never intended to use her firearm and the scene painted as chaotic. (guy sitting in car)

By Minnesota law, Potter was sentenced only on the higher charge of first-degree manslaughter. The maximum charge is 15 years, but for someone with no criminal history like Potter, guidelines range from between six and eight-and-a-half years.

WoW Cop gets free pass

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