“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:
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