‘Have Mercy on Greg’: Lawyer for Man Convicted for Ahmaud Arbery Killing Asks Federal Judge for Lighter Sentence, Says Gregory McMichael Once Saved a Black Man’s Life, Has Various Medical Conditions

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An federal judge has denied a request from the white men who chased an unarmed Black man with guns in a Georgia neighborhood, a slaying that amplified the existence of modern-day racial violence in America, to overturn their federal heat crime convictions. Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael followed Ahmaud Arbery in their pickup trucks in Satilla Shores neighborhood near Waycross in February after suspecting him of burglarizing a house under construction. Travis McMichael shot the 25-year-old man three times and his father, who helped corner Arbery, recruited help from his former boss, a local district attorney, in an attempt to evade prosecution. The father-and-son duo argued there wasn’t evidence that the crime was racially motivated and that the street where Arbery was killed isn’t public, which is required to prove they violated the man’s rights. U.S. District Judge Lisa G. Wood dismissed the arguments on Thursday. “The McMichaels argue that there is insufficient evidence to support any of their convictions. They are wrong,” Wood wrote in the 27-page report Thursday. “Most of the their arguments either misconstrue the relevant statutory provisions or fail to properly apply the Rule 29 standard to the evidence. Thus, the McMichaels are not...

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