Sep 25, 2008

Lurching into side-fights

Atkins, who is white, also repeated his objection to Dearing's "racially coded language." Atkins argued Dearing, who is black, used certain phrases to sway the black jurors to favor Hill, Clayton County's first black sheriff.

Atkins objected to talk about "sense of privilege" and the supposedly horrified reaction to the "winds of change" in the 2004 election, which pushed once-powerful white politicians out of office.

Atkins said Dearing's opening statement carried "undercurrents of racial keywords," but Dearing scoffed and implied the objection itself was racist. "Like every black juror knows what that means," Dearing said.

After lurching into side-fights and accusations, the trial continued ...

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Sheriff's testimony prompts motion for mistrial