The hate-crime trial of the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery has started. Its focus on race will set it apart from past trials for similar crimes.

Monday, February 14, 2022 1:13 PM EST

Most hate-crime cases prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice do not go to trial — they usually end with defendants pleading guilty. In the Arbery case, however, a judge rejected a proposed plea deal for two of the defendants in late January after Mr. Arbery's family objected.

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