8:47 AM PT — Gough reiterated his complaint, once again asking the judge to boot Rev. Jackson, and presumably other Black pastors, from the courtroom. The attorney said, “How many pastors does the Arbery family have??? We had the Rev. Al Sharpton here earlier… uh, last week. I’m not keeping track, but I don’t know who Rev. Jackson’s pastoring here.”
He also said, “The Arbery family is giving up seats in the public gallery so that these gentlemen may be present. The seats in a public gallery of a courtroom are not like courtside seats in a Lakers game.”
The judge was not swayed. Motion denied. Again. Jesse’s still in court.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is following through on his promise to attend the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial, and sticking it to one of the defense attorneys … who openly griped about “Black pastors” in court.
Rev. Jackson was in the Brunswick, GA courtroom gallery Monday morning — shoulder-to-shoulder with Ahmaud’s family members — showing the kind of support Kevin Gough complained about on Friday.
ICYMI … Gough, defense attorney for William “Roddie” Bryan, said he wanted the judge to limit the number of Black pastors allowed in the courtroom because he feared it could be “consciously or unconsciously an attempt to pressure or influence the jury.”
The embarrassing part for Gough — he singled out Rev. Jackson for being in the courtroom, even though he’d never attended before today. Anyway, the judge denied his request.
Rev. Jackson’s blasted Gough’s motion as “unacceptable” because a “public trial involves public observation” … and told us he planned to be in court.
Now, he’s there. Your move, Gough.