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  /  11.23.2021

Tina Lawson is criticizing the defense attorney who made disparaging comments about Ahmaud Arbery in his death trial. On Monday (Nov. 22), after hearing attorney Laura Hogue mention the 25-year-old’s “long, dirty toenails,” the famed star took to Instagram to vent about the closing arguments.

“Dumb, evil, racist cockroach,” she called Hogue in her post. “The defendants turned Mr. Arbery into the victim when they murdered him in cold blood. This insulting, disrespectful, evil manipulative, racist comment about someone’s loved one who is dead, that she made should get her thrown off this case and charged with reckless behavior. Since when are you breaking the law because you wear khaki shorts and no socks?”

Lawson then claimed that the outcome of the Kyle Rittenhouse case “emboldened” people to make and unnecessary mean comments. “Let’s just blame the victim,” she said. “Why was she not reprimanded? His mother had to hear her son who has been murdered in the street reduced to dirty toenails appalling!!! Do her and the defendants have no soul?!!!!!!”

Lawson’s Instagram post referenced the final arguments of Hogue, who represents Gregory McMichael, one of Ahmaud’s alleged killers. While arguing that the jogger was not a victim, she highlighted his appearance at the time of the incident.

“Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made, does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails,” Hogue said. The comment specifically drew outrage from Ahmaud’s parents.

“She described Ahmaud as his long legs and his dirty long toenails, that was just beyond rude,” said his mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones. “Regardless of what kind of toenails he had, what size legs he had, that was still my son, and my son actually was running for his life in that description. I thought that was just flat out just rude.”

“It’s just wrong,” added Marcus Arbery Sr. “So, the way that they tried to characterize his name…it is just really hurting to his mom and me. They got no defense ground, so she trying anything. They desperate, so we already know that. So, all we want is justice. Justice for Ahmaud.”

Deliberations for the Ahmaud Arbery trial began today (Nov. 23).

See Tina Lawson’s post below.


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