At the same time, some jurors who know the McMichaels and Bryan have been qualified. Some know Greg McMichael’s wife, one knows Bryan’s fiancée. Others who participated in the “I Run With Maud” movement in support of Arbery’s family were also qualified after they said they could keep an open mind.
Jury consultant Denise de La Rue said she found it “stunning” some of those jurors were qualified to serve.
“It’s concerning because I don’t see, since jurors are human beings and not computers, that they can possibly put those beliefs or those life experiences aside … and view the case objectively,” de La Rue said.
The episode also considers the presence of demonstrators outside the courthouse, a failed attempt to move them to a First Amendment-protected zone off to the side and the demonstrations’ possible influence on the jury that’s ultimately chosen.