Durbin Statement On Verdict In Ahmaud Arbery Trial

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement on the verdict in the trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery:

“I hope today's verdict can provide some small solace to Ahmaud Arbery's family and friends, but the cold truth is that Mr. Arbery will never have a chance to marry, raise children, or grow old.  These murderers carried out a modern-day lynching that snuffed out a promising young life and then walked free for weeks.  Mr. Arbery's murder must stiffen our resolve to address injustices that date back to the founding of our Republic and are deeply embedded in our law and culture.  We must also confront the growing challenge of gun laws and self-defense laws that are emboldening vigilante activity.”