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Celebrities React To ‘Guilty’ Judgement – Hollywood Life

The three men charged with the death of Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty after 14 trials and two days of deliberation.

Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. were found guilty of the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed 25-year-old black man who was fatally shot while jogging in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia, in February 2020. Travis was found guilty on all charges. Gregory was found not guilty on a criminal murder charge but found guilty on the other counts. Bryan was found not guilty on charges of malicious murder, as well as murder charges and aggravated assault charges, but he was found guilty on other counts. After two days of deliberation, a judge read out the verdicts on Wednesday, November 24th, thanking the jury for their time and work on the trial.

After the judgment Jameela Jamil, Cynthia Bailey, and more celebrities have used social media to respond to the news. Many believed that justice had been done for the three men. Jameela quote tweeted a CNN story about the verdict, simply writing, “Justice”. Democratic activist Stacey Abrams tweeted that she hoped the verdict would bring some peace to Arbery’s loved ones. Cynthia also sent prayers and congratulations to Arbery’s family.

Judiciary. https://t.co/0D2Td474Mv

– Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) November 24, 2021

A jury believed their eyes and saw the meanness in the hearts of the murderers. May this judgment bring a little peace to the family of #AhmaudArbery and their loved ones. https://t.co/pGGQfIcUfX

– Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 24, 2021

Judiciary. Sending prayers and good wishes to the friends and family. # Ahmaaudarbery #justice

📸 https://t.co/4ajEgbiZgm via https://t.co/SIj14Xsoym pic.twitter.com/PSjd9KF5GY

– Cynthia Bailey (@ CynthiaBailey10) November 24, 2021

Many people also offered condolences to Arbery’s family. Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio thanked the jury for holding the three men accountable, but also noted that she could never make up for the loss Arbery’s family had suffered. “That ruling can never undo the agony the Arbery family went through, but at least justice prevailed,” he wrote. When the convictions were read out, Arbery’s mother said Wanda Cooper Jones was seen nodding in the courtroom. Viola Davis Arbery’s mother also shared a message in her tweet saying that the “pendulum of justice has swung in the right direction.”

Ahmaud Arbery ran and never returned home because of the actions of three racist white men. That verdict can never undo the agony the Arbery family went through, but at least justice prevailed. Thank you to the jury for holding these dangerous men accountable.

– Major Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 24, 2021

Wanda Cooper Jones reacts to the judgments @ FCN2go #ahmaudarbery pic.twitter.com/UXNmeeydTm

– anne schindler (@schindy) November 24, 2021

The way it should be. For Wanda… .Ahmaud Arbery’s mother…… your son was important. His life was important. I pray that this will bring you a little bit of peace. To the judges ….. deep gratitude for doing the right thing. The pendulum of justice has swung in the right direction !!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/BY6V2gT9qo

– Viola Davis (@violadavis) November 24, 2021

Arbery was shot dead on February 23 after a confrontation with Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34. The father and son duo tracked Arbery in a pickup truck with firearms in tow, claiming in court they were under suspicion Arbery was a burglar after neighbors worried about possible break-ins into a house under construction. The men have claimed “self-defense”.

The McMichaels and Bryan weren’t arrested until a few months later in May that year after a video shared by Bryan went viral online and sparked national outrage weeks before the police murder of von George Floyd in Minneapolis. Calling his death a “modern day lynching,” an attorney for Arbery’s family said, “These men were vigilantes, they were a troop, and they carried out a modern day lynching in the middle of the day.”

In June 2020, the McMichaels and Bryan were charged, each facing nine charges, including murder and aggravated assault. They faced more hate crimes and attempted kidnappings in April. All three pleaded not guilty. Ben Crump, one of the Arbery family lawyers called the indictment a “significant step in the road to justice” after the news. After the news of her verdict, Crump shared the verdict on his Twitter.

BREAKING: Gregory & Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan found GUILTY for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery! pic.twitter.com/gqq22MOU5k

– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) November 24, 2021

“While nothing will bring Ahmaud’s life back, it is important that a grand jury recognize that his life has value and was wrongly and ruthlessly ended,” Crump said at the time. After Arbery’s death Gabrielle Union, Lebron James, Justin Bieber, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Joe Biden were among the many celebrities and officials who demanded justice. Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Gentle mill, and other artists also wrote an open letter to Georgia government officials, including the governor Brian Kempcalls for justice.

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