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Defense fights prosecutor's bid to bar use of phrases including 'systemic racism' during gun trial

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Opening arguments in the case against Andre Austin start Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

PITTSFIELD — A defense lawyer representing a Black man on trial this week for alleged illegal gun possession slammed the prosecutor’s bid to prevent him from mentioning to the jury terms like “racial profiling” and what the prosecutor called other “inflammatory” remarks.

The lawyer for Andre K. Austin of Pittsfield said the prosecutor’s motion represented an “extraordinary” attempt to suppress speech and would, if allowed by a judge, prevent his client from mounting a defense that takes into account the history of systemic racism in the criminal justice system.



Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.

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