Can't shake from my mind just how unlikely this #McMichaelBryanTrial #AhmaudArbery verdict was:

• Original DA shielded the suspects from arrest (showing them "affection and favor") and obstructed police. She has been indicted for the coverup.
• Case was handed over to a second DA, who 1) wrote a letter to police arguing that there was insufficient probable cause to arrest suspects, 2) then recused himself, 3) but only after Arbery's mom highlighted a conflict of interest involving his son.
• The case turned only after cellphone video went viral and gained nat'l attention. The video was 1) recorded by one of the now convicted murderers, not a bystander, and 2) leaked by a local lawyer with support of the suspects, who may have expected the video to exonerate them.
• Suspects were finally arrested 74 and 88 days after the shooting, and only after the intervention of the Georgia Attorney General, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI.

Even so, justice prevailed.
Forgot one:

• A jury panel consisting of one Black juror and 11 White jurors was selected—this in a county that’s 26% black. Even the judge remarked that “there appears to be intentional discrimination” in the jury selection process, but allowed the case to go forward.
Even so, justice prevailed. But just barely.

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