Judge Denies Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael Plea Transaction
A federal judge on Monday rejected the proposal plea agreement belong to Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichaelwhich will admit that they kill people Ahmaud Arbery racially motivated.
Before the settlement was annulled, the Arbery family enthusiastically urged the court to reject the plea agreement, which would have transferred them from the state to federal custody for the first 30 years of the sentence. life together.
“After considering all that has been said today and considering the law governing these agreements, I have decided to reject the plea agreement in this case,” said US District Judge. Lisa G. Wood speak.
“I’m not comfortable accepting the terms of the plea agreement,” she added.
The agree asked the court to impose a 30-year sentence on each McMichael, including “intensification of hate crimes”. Those terms will run concurrently for the life sentences they both received as a result of their murder convictions in Georgia state court.
Because the judge dismissed the terms of the settlement, Travis McMichael’s attorney asked for 48 hours to consider whether to proceed with the guilty plea he had attempted to make earlier in the day.
If the McMichaels plead not guilty, they will appear in court next Monday, February 7.
“Black is linked to crime”
During the proceedings on Monday afternoon, Assistant United States Attorney Tara M. Lyons told the court that gunman Travis McMichael’s racial motives were set in part by the number plate emblazoned on McMichael’s truck, an old Georgia flag that surrounds the Confederate flag.
Although she said that McMichael did not belong to any hate group, Lyons said: “He made assumptions about Ahmaud Arbery that he wouldn’t have made, if Ahmaud Arbery had been white.”
She added that McMichael “is associated with black skin with crime”.
“Although race and color need not be the sole cause of the defendant’s actions [under the statute]they must be a ‘but because’ cause,” Lyons noted, adding that this is consistent with the facts of the case.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation assistant special agent in charge Richard Dial testify in support of the government during the proceedings. Dial supports what the Arbery family has to say about the murdered 25-year-old’s passion for running, which he did shortly before McMichaels murdered him.
“How often did he run?” asked the prosecutor, referring to Arbery.
“Every day,” Dial replied.
When the McMichaels saw Arbery fleeing from a property in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick, Ga., they gave chase – assuming they believed he was behind a burglary there. Greg McMichael made a 911 call, describing the so-called emergency as “Black man running down the street. ”
Later in the course of the proceedings, an FBI agent testified that they saw evidence that Travis McMichael called Black people “monkeys” “barbarians” and “n ****rs” —and expressed desire crimes to be committed against African-Americans.
McMichaels has confirmed that they wish to enter into the arrangements knowingly and voluntarily.
“For once, listen to me”
However, the victim’s family fought that outcome step by step.
Earlier, on Monday, Arbery’s family announced that they were “vehemently” opposed to the agreement that would allow McMichaels to “be federally detained and serve his first 30 years in a preferred Federal prison.”
“This proposed plea is a colossal abode for the men who hunted and murdered Ahmaud Arbery,” their attorneys said. Lee Merritt wrote in a statement. “The family is devastated by this development, their wishes are being completely ignored and they disagree with these accommodations.”
Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper–Jones Repeat that sentiment in an emotional statement.
“I ask on behalf of his family, on behalf of his memory and on behalf of fairness that you do not accept this plea,” Cooper Jones told the court, noting that the men “prefers federal detention”.
“I don’t need them to say that they are motivated by hate,” the mother added. “That’s not good for me. That’s not good for my family. I’ve heard all sorts of things from Travis McMichael. ”
Mention McMichael’s testimony In a Georgia courthouse, Cooper-Jones added, “His words followed me through the Christmas break,” which she noted was the second time she’d gone without a son.
“Listen to me once,” said the mother. “It’s not right. It’s not just. It’s wrong. Please listen to me.”
She added: “The state of Georgia gave these men exactly what they deserved.”
Dad Marcus Arbery made it clear that he agreed.
“They killed my son because he was a black man,” said the father, calling the confessors a place they didn’t deserve.
Lyons, the prosecutor, said the proposed resolution “strongly promotes the greater good of justice.”
That would be “acknowledging publicly before the nation that this offense was racially motivated,” she noted.
She added that such admission would be admissible against them before any court of law. Because the settlement includes a waiver of any federal appeal, the prosecutor noted, the plea agreement guarantees that McMichaels will be detained regardless of the outcome of any state appeal.
“I understand the anger, pain and struggle the family is going through with this resolution,” said Lyons, adding that she understands the family’s lack of trust in law enforcement and the system. judicial system due to the history of the case.
On the anniversary of Arbery’s first death, Arbery’s mother filed a petition a civil lawsuit accused Glynn County law enforcement of covering up her son’s murder. McMichaels was not charged until several months after Arbery’s murder on February 23, 2020.
That prosecution was sparked by the release of footage by a lawyer who consulted the killers, believed the video would support their self-defence claims. Instead, the video sparked a movement, sparking protests by Black Lives Matter activists and an investigation by the Georgia state government. The men were charged shortly after the revelation.
(Law & Crime photo covering the state court’s McMichaels trial)
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