The responses to the findings in this case, as with many other similar ones in recent years, show just how incapable of fairness people have become in this era of intense partisanship. I find it terrifying that a person’s political affiliation can almost always accurately predict their opinion about the outcome of any legal proceeding. Change the races of the actors, but leave the other details the same, and the majority of people would flip flop immediately to support for the side whose actions they previously found unsupportable. It seems as though people have quit even trying to be fair to everyone. They simply want their team to win.
I agree with @FarmerJayhawk that the kid made a terrible choice to be there with a weapon in the first place. However, his presence there was not illegal, the mob had no right to come after him, and any reasonable person would have felt they meant him harm at that point. I would ask those of you who think he should not have fired shots to put yourself in that situation. If you, having already made the dumb decision to be there in the first place, found yourself attacked by a mob while armed, do you truly believe you would hold your fire and let them beat you in the interest of fairness to them? I seriously doubt anyone would do so and I question the honesty of anyone who insists they would.
As far as directing the prosecution not to call his antagonists “victims”, that is only reasonable. Using that term presupposes the conclusion that he committed a crime against them and presupposing guilt is not supposed to take place in any semblance of a fair court proceeding. Regarding dismissal of black jurors, that can also be perfectly fair in some situations. I have more than one black friend who can freely admit their inability to be fair in any case with so much as a semblance of racial injustice about it. The subject is too emotional for them. There is nothing inherently dirty about trying to have jaded jurors dismissed.
I’ll also agree with @FarmerJayhawk that the Arbery case was disgusting and the actions of the vigilantes in that instance seem without the least sensible justification. I don’t personally see any similarity between the two cases, though I’m confident that most people will do as is common today and decide how they feel about both cases based upon their team membership, rather than any use of critical thinking skills or purposeful fairness.