Website Error Gave Potential Jurors Access to Sealed Info on Arbery

In Summary

Potential jurors selected for the trial against Ahmaud Arbery's alleged killers were able to view private information about the case due to a mistake on the county website. 

Potential jurors in the trial for the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery were allegedly given access to suppressed evidence.  

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According to VICE, some of the suppressed evidence included Arbery’s mental health history and previous run-ins with the law. Earlier this month, a judge ruled both those items would be inadmissible in court.  

RELATED: Ahmaud Arbery’s Mother Hopes for Accountability in Son’s Trial  

Candidates called for jury selection who visited the Glynn County Superior Court’s website for information about their participation were able to view the motions filed in the trial for Arbery’s accused killers Travis and Gregory McMichael and another man who filmed the incident, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.  

RELATED: Town Hall Held Ahead of Trial for Men Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery 

The motions potential jurors would have had access to include one from the McMichaels asking the judge to prevent images of their Confederate flag license plate from being shown to jurors. The judge has not yet made a decision on the motion.  

RELATED: Men Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Want Confederate Photo Banned 

The information also included how many times the McMichaels used their firearms, according to Yahoo! News. Potential jurors who read the information would be disqualified from being selected. If a potential juror who read the information was selected for the trial, it could be grounds for a mistrial.  

It is unclear how the information was available to potential jurors on the county website.  

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