Rep. Karen Bass Says Defense Attorney’s ‘Black Pastors’ Comment During Ahmaud Arbery Was ‘Despicable’

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) on Sunday said the “Black pastors” comment made by a defense attorney representing one of the men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery was “despicable.”

Kevin Gough, a lawyer representing one of the three white men accused of killing Arbery, a Black man who was jogging in Brunswick, Ga. in February 2020, told the judge on Thursday that he did not want additional “high-profile members of the African American community” in the courtroom, arguing that it would influence the jury.

“Obviously there’s only so many pastors they can have, and the fact that their pastor’s Al Sharpton right now, that’s fine, but then that’s it. We don’t want any more black pastors coming in here, or other, Jesse Jackson, whoever was in here earlier this week sitting with the victim’s family trying to influence a jury in this case,” Gough said.

“I think the court can understand my concern about bringing people in who really don’t have any ties to this case, other than political interests,” he added.

Asked by host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” for her reaction to the remarks, Bass said it was “despicable,” before criticizing other parts of the highly anticipated trial.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Mychael Schnell