A small town problem in Arbery trial jury selection: ‘Everyone knows everyone’

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Reuters

By Jonathan Allen and Rich McKay (Reuters) – One potential juror sometimes enjoyed a Southern-style oyster roast and game of cards with the victim’s father. Another said her stepfather goes fly-fishing with two of the defendants. Others said they had seen the victim jogging around town or lifting weights in a neighbor’s driveway. As jury selection drags into its second week in the trial of three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who went for a run in a mostly white neighborhood, one difficulty of prosecuting a major case in a small town is becoming clear: everyone see…

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