I hope today's verdict can provide some small solace to Ahmaud Arbery's family and friends, but the cold truth is that Mr. Arbery will never have a chance to marry, raise children, or grow old.
These murderers carried out a modern-day lynching that snuffed out a promising young life and then walked free for weeks.
Mr. Arbery's murder must stiffen our resolve to address injustices that date back to the founding of our Republic and are deeply embedded in our law and culture. We must also confront the growing challenge of gun laws and self-defense laws that are emboldening vigilante activity.

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9 Feb
What we heard today from Donald Trump’s lawyers is that he can no longer be held accountable for his actions to provoke a terrorist mob to violently overthrow a legitimate government process because he is no longer a sitting President. That’s wrong.
To my colleagues who believe the First Amendment was designed to protect the efforts of a lame duck President to overthrow our government, you might as well create a recipe for a democracy to die of its own accord.
No one, not even the President of the United States, has a First Amendment right to incite an insurrection against our government. That’s not a right—it’s a high crime.
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29 May 20
Last night, I had the honor of speaking with 100 Black Men of Chicago, the Chicago chapter of 100 Black Men of America, a 25,000-member volunteer organization that works to enhance quality of life and educational and economic opportunities for African Americans.
I was originally asked to speak about gun violence and its impact on our youth, but the conversation naturally turned to Minneapolis and the death of Mr. George Floyd. His death was a reprehensible, heartbreaking moment.
The images of Mr. Floyd on the ground, with an officer with a knee on his neck, broke my heart and it enraged me at the same time. And we cannot forget that his death followed the recent brutal killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, & far too many...
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11 Dec 19
Senate Republicans are doing untold damage to our federal judiciary by rubber-stamping so many of President Trump’s radical & unqualified judicial nominees. Today, it was Lawrence VanDyke. Here is some of what we know about Mr. VanDyke:
The American Bar Association’s peer review process found Mr. VanDyke “not qualified” and described him as “arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-to-day practice.” Americans deserve qualified, non-ideological judges with proper temperament.
Emails show that Mr. VanDyke has let the gun lobby shape his litigation decisions. And during his unsuccessful campaign for the Montana Supreme Court, he sought the NRA’s endorsement, saying that gun control laws are “misdirected.” He prejudged the issue.
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24 Sep 19
Today, I am calling for the initiation of a formal impeachment inquiry by the House of Representatives of President Donald Trump.
His admission that he solicited negative info from the Pres. of Ukraine concerning his potential opponent, Joe Biden, while withholding $250M in US security aid for Ukraine is beneath the dignity of any President & by any reasonable legal standard merits an impeachment inquiry.
Because the White House refuses to respond to Congressional subpoenas, I feel a formal impeachment inquiry is the only way to pursue this critical investigation, which I believe will ultimately be tested in the courts.
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16 May 19
Jeffrey Rosen does not have the qualifications to be Deputy AG. He has no experience working in the Justice Department or handling criminal cases. When I questioned him about core DOJ functions, he wasn’t familiar with them.
For example, when I met with him and asked him about the landmark First Step Act, he said he had, “begun getting informed about it.” When I asked him about voting rights and voter suppression, he said he hadn’t had occasion to study the issue.
When I asked him about DEA’s role in setting opioid production quotas, which he will oversee, he didn’t know about it. And I asked him about DOJ’s role in immigration matters, including his priorities for immigration courts he'll oversee & he said looked forward to learning more.
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24 Jan 19
Here are some of the anti-immigrant provisions included in the Trump-McConnell bill to end the #TrumpShutdown:
Excludes hundreds of thousands of DACA-eligible individuals and all TPS recipients from the African countries the President disparaged. Includes sweeping new restrictions that would bar many current DACA recipients.
Makes it much more difficult to receive TPS in the future, and guts protections for Central American children seeking safe haven in our country.
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