Federal Hate Crimes Trial: Men who Killed Ahmaud Arbery

Blog Draft: News The federal hate crimes trial of the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery began in Georgia today.  This trial would never have come about had it not been for the courage of Arbery’s mother.  She first demanded that the case be taken out of the hands of local officials in Glynn County, GeorgiaContinue reading “Federal Hate Crimes Trial: Men who Killed Ahmaud Arbery”


“A moral panic is a widespread fear, most often an irrational one, that someone or something is a threat to the values, safety, and interests of a community or society at large….Moral panics are often centered around people who are marginalized in society due to their race or ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, or religion. AsContinue reading “AHMAUD ARBERY: MORAL PANIC”

Citizen’s Arrest Laws: Ahmaud Arbery

Citizen’s Arrest Law The Glynn County Police Department initially made no arrests in the Arbery case.  Watching the body cam videos of the officers who arrived on the scene, several things are notable. The officers never once thought they were in danger from the three men who had just hunted down another man and killedContinue reading “Citizen’s Arrest Laws: Ahmaud Arbery”

Citizen’s Arrest Laws: Ahmaud Arbery

Blog 21 November 2021: Citizen’s Arrest This is the text of the Georgia Citizen’s Arrest law that is being used in the defense of the three men who hunted down Ahmaud Arbery and killed him in the street. “A private person may arrest an offender if the offense is committed in his presence or withinContinue reading “Citizen’s Arrest Laws: Ahmaud Arbery”

It Astounds and Depresses Me: Ahmaud Arbery

I have spent two weeks watching every minute of the trial of the men who hunted down Ahmaud Arbery and killed him in the street. I am reminded of something my mother said about the O.J. Simpson trial.  After watching for a week or so, she phoned me and said: “I think they should putContinue reading “It Astounds and Depresses Me: Ahmaud Arbery”

Defense Strategy: Gough

15 November 2021 The State today called a witness from the State Crime Lab who testified to finding tee shirt fibers on the truck of William Bryan.  When the state asked about the ease with which fibers can be transferred from one surface to the other, Defense attorney Gough objected.  Gough, in his usual, “let’sContinue reading “Defense Strategy: Gough”

“And you took that as a green light.” Ahmaud Arbery case and Kevin Gough

Blog 11/12/21 At the end of the trial day yesterday, defense counsel Kevin Gough expressed his usual consternation on finding out that Al Sharpton had been sitting in the courtroom in the Ahmaud Arbery trial. Gough, in typical fashion he has displayed throughout the trial, popped off and tried to make an enormous issue outContinue reading ““And you took that as a green light.” Ahmaud Arbery case and Kevin Gough”

The “Investigators” of the Ahmaud Arbery Case: Glynn County Police Department

One of the ironic things about the Ahmaud Arbery case is that because of the shoddy, good-ole-boy “investigation” of his killing, the defense is busily planting doubt in the minds of the jurors. This “investigation” was carried out by the Glynn County Police Department which has a history of corruption and questionable police tactics.  TheContinue reading “The “Investigators” of the Ahmaud Arbery Case: Glynn County Police Department”

It was Greg McMichael Who Controlled the Crime Scene

Greg McMichael was all over that crime scene. Immediately after the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in the street in Glynn County Georgia by Gregory Michael and his son Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael (a former police investigator) took over the crime scene investigation.  There is little evidence that the police officers who arrived at the sceneContinue reading “It was Greg McMichael Who Controlled the Crime Scene”

The Damn Victim: Ahmaud Arbery Case

What happened in Satilla Shores in late 2019 and 2020, was what sociologists call a “moral panic.”  Neighbors in an almost exclusively white neighborhood started exchanging stories of supposedly stolen property, break ins.  They posted these stories on the internet, specifically on a website that was a neighborhood sharing site. They were drawn in andContinue reading “The Damn Victim: Ahmaud Arbery Case”