“Loud Music” Murder Trial: Discovery Held Hostage, or Media Being Stingy?

Hey folks,

Last Friday we noted that Circuit Judge Russell Healey, presiding over the trial of Michael Dunn, had denied a defense motion to limit media access to discovery evidence consisting of many hours of recorded phone conversations between Dunn and others while he was in jail awaiting trial. (See Media granted access to evidence in FL gas station teen murder case.)

Dunn, you will recall, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Davis, and claims he acted in self-defense. The State prosecutors and advocates of the Davis family claim Dunn shot and killed Davis merely because Davis was playing music in his car too loud.

The defense wanted the phone call recordings denied to the media because they believed some of the content would be derogatory to Dunn in the view of prospective jurors, and they wished to avoid tainting the jury pool. Based on the contents of discovery evidence previously released in this case, in the form of letters written to and from Dunn while in jail, this seems a reasonable concern.

For the whole story, check out the full-length post over at Legal Insurrection:

“Loud Music” Murder Trial: Discovery Held Hostage, or Media Being Stingy?

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

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Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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