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The White House Blog Updates™: West Wing Week. Medicaid Enrollment Continues. The March Jobs Numbers.


 

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West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

 

 

West Wing Week 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

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This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

 

 

Obama, Biden Honor WW II Working Women – Lone Wolf

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

Five women who worked in U.S. factories during the war get a surprise visit at Washington event. – Lone Wolf

 

 

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While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.

 

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Medicaid Enrollment Continues Year Round

While open enrollment for the Marketplaces closed on March 31st, Medicaid coverage enrollment continues year round. That means we are going to continue, working with partners, to sign people up for Medicaid. We have made improvements to our systems and we are ramping up the tactics and tools that are working to reach uninsured Americans. We have learned that Medicaid expansion had a positive impact in getting people covered, as enrollment growth in states that expanded Medicaid was over 5 times higher than in other states (8.3 percent versus 1.6 percent).

 

One effective strategy for reaching people to get them signed up is through creative partnerships with hospitals and other service providers. For example, in many places hospitals make preliminary eligibility determinations and use a single, streamlined application for coverage. One other effective effort underway in five states uses supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) income data information to identify individuals who are likely eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.

 

As of the end of February, almost half a million individuals have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP as a result of this targeted effort, and more States are exploring similar strategies. Finally, all States are working to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act which will make it much simpler and easier for individuals to apply for Medicaid coverage than prior to the law’s passage.

 

 

More States are Expanding Medicaid

Twenty-six States and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults, providing access to millions of Americans who previously had no source of affordable health insurance. Earlier this week, on April 1, Michigan began enrolling individuals, expanding Medicaid eligibility to 470,000 people. The week before that, New Hampshire signed the Medicaid expansion into law, providing 50,000 people access to Medicaid coverage starting this July.

 

The arc of progress takes time. Since Medicaid was created in 1965, Medicaid has served a critical role in providing health coverage to certain low-income Americans. The ACA has moved beyond helping women and children, people with disabilities, and seniors, to expanding eligibility to all low-income people so that hard-working Americans who don’t have access to health care from their jobs don’t have to live in fear of getting sick. In the days and weeks to come, we will make sure we explain to the public the consequences of refusing to expand Medicaid and we will translate our learnings from the best practices of Medicaid enrollment to our year round effort to help more Americans access health care everyday.

 

 

Obamacare helps add 3 million people to Medicaid

 

From The Associated Press:

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 3 million Americans signed up for Medicaid under the new health care law as of the end of February, offering its first accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

 

Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion.

 

The number is significantly lower than how many people the administration previously said were, quote, “determined eligible” for Medicaid under the law. But the new number sifts out duplicate applications to arrive at a solid figure.

 

The total is incomplete because a handful of states didn’t report their numbers, and it doesn’t include March sign-ups.

 

About half the states have accepted a Medicaid expansion in the health law.

 

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

 

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Paul Ryan just proposed a federal budget that ends Medicare as we know it, gives America’s richest few a break on their taxes while shifting the burden to the middle class, and repeals the historic health care law we both worked so hard to pass.

 

Tell Paul Ryan to take his racist pro-wealthy dumbfuckery and shove it up his rectum.

 

We can’t just be exasperated — we have to fight back with everything we’ve got to elect more Democrats to the House. Click here to show Paul Ryan you won’t let Republicans get away with this budget.

 

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Jobs Report for March: Jobs Up Adding 192,000 new jobs. Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.7%. That odd sound you hear are GOPukes the nation over having another stroke.

 

The Employment Situation in March

 

 

The economy continued to add jobs in March at a pace consistent with job growth over the past year. Additionally, the unemployment rate was steady while the labor force participation rate edged up. While today’s data indicates that the recovery is continuing to unfold, the President still believes further steps must be taken to strengthen growth and boost job creation. In this regard, the Senate’s decision yesterday to move forward with the consideration of a bill to reinstate extended unemployment insurance was an important step in the right direction. In addition to encouraging this and other action in Congress, such as raising the minimum wage and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, the President will continue to act on his own executive authority wherever possible to expand economic opportunity for American families.    

 

 

 FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 8.9 million jobs over 49 straight months of job growthToday we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, entirely due to an increase in private employment, while government employment was unchanged on net. Job growth in January and February was revised up, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.3 million, or an average of 189,000 a month. This is slightly faster than the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (175,000 a month).

 

 

2. Revisions to jobs numbers tend to be cyclical (negative in a recession, positive in a recovery); consistent with this pattern, the initial estimate of job growth has been revised up in 18 of the last 19 months, and in 40 of the 56 months since the end of the recession in June 2009. One of the main reasons that jobs numbers are subject to revision is that, at the time of the first report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is missing data from firms that have not responded to the survey, as well as data on business start-ups and closures. BLS uses a model to estimate missing data, but these model-based estimates are backward-looking so that they understate both the declines in a recession and the gains in a recovery. Over time, the BLS is able to replace initial survey reports and model-based estimates with more comprehensive data drawn from administrative records. With today’s report, job growth in January and February has been revised up by a combined 53,000 relative to their respective first reports. Since June 2009, the latest data are an average of 31,000 a month higher than the first report, indicating that the recovery has been stronger than initially estimated. However, during the recession from December 2007 to June 2009, first reports of monthly job growth were revised down by an average of 115,000 a month, meaning that the recession was deeper than originally estimated.

 

 

3. In thinking about how to address the persistent challenge of long-term unemployment, it is important to recognize that the long-term unemployed are a demographically diverse group and broadly similar to the shorter-term unemployed. As shown below, long-term unemployment does not appear to be overly concentrated in a single occupation. This suggests that steps to support the long-term unemployed in their job search activities and ensure they are given a fair look by employers still have a critical role to play in helping to address this pressing issue.

 

 

4. The average workweek in the manufacturing sector rebounded to 42.0 hours in March, tied for the highest since July 1945. Average weekly hours for manufacturing production and nonsupervisory workers also hit 42.0 hours in November 2013, before edging down in December, January, and February. Some of the decline in those months was likely due to unusually severe winter weather, including the major snowstorm that hit during the survey week in February. Consistent with the unwinding of weather effects, the average workweek in manufacturing jumped in March and returned to its 68-year high.

 

 

5. Employment gains in most industries in March were consistent with their range of monthly changes over the last several years. The construction sector had an above-average month, adding 19,000 jobs for a total of 88,000 over the last three months. In addition, state and local government performed relatively well, adding 9,000 jobs in March. Manufacturing employment was little changed, but with upward revisions to previous months, this sector has risen by 97,000 on net since last July.

 

 

As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

 

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THIS Is How You Respond To Racist Dumbfuckery….

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Honey Maid: Love

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

We made a commercial about what makes families, family. And we received a lot of comments. See what we did with them.

 

 

 

 

You made history

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

Millions of Americans now have health insurance—and peace of mind—but it couldn’t have happened without people like you.

Add your name to the permanent record of people who helped change the course of history. http://www.barackobama.com/history

 

 

 

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A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night to mark the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to speak at the vigil.

 

King was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. in 1968.

 

King was in Memphis to support black sanitary workers who had been on strike. The day before he was killed, King delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address in which he said, “I have seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

 

He was standing on the balcony at about 6 p.m. April 4, when James Earl Ray fatally shot him with a high-powered rifle. Some of the more famous photos of that day show people on the balcony pointing toward where they heard the shots fired from across the street and one of King after being felled by the bullet.

 

Friday’s ceremony will end with a wreath laying at the monument’s Stone of Hope.

 

 

The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated, is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. The wreath marks the approximate place Dr. King was standing at the time.

The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated, is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. The wreath marks the approximate place Dr. King was standing at the time.

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It’s up to us to make history on "NO"vember 4th, 2014.

It’s up to us to make history on “NO”vember 4th, 2014.

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Florida Jury Gets The Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial. Deliberations Begin.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Day 5 in the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.

Jury gets the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.  Deliberations Begin.

 

From Reuters News Agency:

 

Florida jury starts deliberations in loud rap murder trial

 

BY SUSAN COOPER EASTMAN

 

(Reuters) – A middle-aged software engineer opened fire on a black teenager because he felt disrespected when the 17-year-old refused to turn down the rap music blaring from his car, a prosecutor told a Florida jury in closing arguments on Wednesday.

 

Defense attorneys countered, saying Michael Dunn, 47, who is white, acted in self-defense when he shot Jordan Davis and was justified in using deadly force.

 

The trial, which has drawn international attention because of racial overtones and claims of self-defense, was put in the hands of a jury on Wednesday.

 

Davis was out on the town with friends when the argument broke out. Prosecutors said Davis used foul language when confronting Dunn, but that he was unarmed and never posed a physical threat.

 

“Jordan Davis didn’t have a weapon. He had a big mouth. That man wasn’t going to stand for it, and it cost Jordan Davis his life,” Assistant State Attorney John Guy said, wrapping up the prosecution’s case at the end of a week-long trial.

 

“This case is not about self-defense. It’s about self-denial,” he added.

 

The case has drawn comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, the former central Florida neighborhood watchman who was acquitted last year of murder after saying he shot a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in self-defense during a struggle.

 

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2012 shooting of Jordan Davis. Dunn also faces three charges of attempted murder for firing 10 shots at four teens in the SUV parked in a Jacksonville gas station.

 

Prosecutors said Dunn overreacted in anger when Davis hurled expletives at him and refused to lower the volume.

 

“This defendant was disrespected by a 17-year-old teenager. He was not happy with his (Davis’s) response,” said another Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson who delivered the closing argument.

 

She quoted a witness who overheard Dunn say: “You are not going to talk to me that way” as the altercation escalated.

 

Then Dunn “took it upon himself to silence Jordan Davis forever,” Wolfson said.

 

If found guilty, Dunn faces up to life in prison. Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty.

 

The verdict in the case remains in doubt, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, a former assistant U.S. attorney, tweeted on Tuesday night. “Especially in Florida, given the breadth of the stand your ground law and self-defense culture,” she said.

 

Deliberating the case is a jury of 8 whites, 2 blacks, one Asian and one Hispanic.

 

Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, said the state had failed to prove its case, pointing to a lack of conclusive forensic evidence about where Davis was when he was shot.

 

“Michael Dunn was in a place where he had a right to be, asking for a common courtesy. He had no duty to retreat. He had a right to meet force with force, including deadly force,” said Strolla. “He’s had that gun for 20 years and he has never fired it once.”

 

Dunn took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday and told the jury he started shooting in a state of panic after the exchange of words grew more heated and he thought he saw the barrel of a gun in the back window as Davis started to get out of the car.

 

Police said they found no weapon in the teens’ SUV after the shooting.

 

“Michael Dunn doesn’t get to just assume Jordan Davis had a gun and … was going to shoot him,” said Wolfson. “Self-defense does not let you assume.”

 

The prosecution sought to expose inconsistencies in Dunn’s version of the incident.

 

The jury was reminded of dramatic testimony by Dunn’s fiancée, Rhonda Rouer, who told the court that after the shooting Dunn never mentioned seeing a gun in the teens’ car.

 

Medical evidence presented in court also showed that Davis died inside the car in a defensive posture.

 

Dunn’s description of some of the expletives used in the altercation varied in court from a previous recorded account he gave to police.

 

In his closing argument, Strolla said the teens could have disposed of a weapon after they left the gas station.

 

To illustrate his point, Strolla stood mute in front of the jury for three minutes, the time the Durango was gone before returning to the gas station to get help.

 

Strolla criticized investigators for failing to secure the entire gas station plaza as a crime scene or search for a weapon that night.

“They knew they messed up,” Strolla said.

 

(Writing by David Adams and Barbara Liston; Editing by Ken Wills, Gunna Dickson and Leslie Adler)

 

Thank you Reuters News Agency.

 

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The thing one must not forget about this trial is the young boys in the Durango at that gas station, are not on trial for murder. Michael Dunn is.

 

From  Weary Traveler Musings

 

State of Florida v. Michael Dunn — Trial Day 5 

 

Michael Dunn — Strolla called Dunn to the witness standonce court convened. Under direct, Dunn was docile, mild-mannered, and weak. Strolla asked Dunn to give biographical details about his life and asked if Dunn had recollection of the week of Jordan Davis’ homicide.

 

Dunn told the jury that he was in Jacksonville to go to Chris Dunn’s wedding. Charlie the dog was a primary focus of the early part of direct questioning. Apparently Dunn & Rouer researched pet-friendly accommodations and picked a hotel further away from the wedding venue to accommodate Charlie, a 7-month-old puppy. Rouer and Dunn have been an item for 3.5 years, moving into the same dwelling six months into the courtship. Despite ending the marriage with Chris Dunn’s mother amicable, Rouer was a bit apprehensive about going to Chris Dunn’s wedding.

 

She had not known Chris Dunn and only viewed pictures of him via Facebook. Dunn concedes that Rouer’s assessment of how many drinks he had at Chris Dunn’s wedding was accurate: 3 or 4 drinks. Rouer didn’t eat at the wedding and they didn’t serve white wine, hence the reason for going to the Gate gas station.

 

Dunn & Rouer left Chris Dunn’s wedding because of Charlie. Rouer wanted to drink white wine and chips. Upon pulling into the Gate gas station, Dunn parked next to the red Durango because he wanted to be closer to the door. The “base” of the music coming from the red Durango was “ridiculously loud” after Rouer exited the vehicle to enter the store. Dunn had asked people in the past to turn down their music and they “happily” agreed to his request.

 

What Tevin Thompson’s told the jury was quasi-accurate but Dunn was mumbling it to himself, not talking to the teens in the red Durango. The guy in the front passenger’s seat, Tevin, turned down the music after Dunn asked and Dunn thanked him. Dunn admitted to having to roll down his window to tell the guys to turn down the music.

 

Michael Dunn is not qualified to testify to what the victim, Jordan Davis, supposedly said. So I will make it abundantly clear that these are Dunn’s words being assigned to Jordan Davis. Take them with a grain of salt as Dunn has every reason to lie, omit, or embellish to escape spending his natural born life in prison.

 

Dunn claims Jordan Davis was “mean spirited” and said “fuck that.” Dunn claims to have heard Jordan Davis say inaudible “something something” at first and then “cracker.” After that, Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis looked at him and said the following: “I should kill that motherfucker.” Tommie Strones exited the Gate and entered the vehicle in the driver’s seat.

 

Dunn had to roll down his window to ask if they were threatening his life. Dunn told the jury Jordan Davis reached down and then slammed something against the red Durango door. Strolla interrupts and switches gears, asking Dunn about his familiarity with weapons. Dunn is familiar with them because of his father taking him shooting as a youngster. Strolla continues asking about the Gate gas station parking lot. Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis said “Yes, I’m going to fucking kill you” in Dunn’s direction.

 

Then Jordan Davis supposedly showed 4 inches of a shotgun barrel. Dunn told the jury “I was in fear of my life.” Michael Dunn weeps when talking about Rhounda Rouer and Charlie. “After the continued threat of ‘you’re dead, bitch,’ a young man gets out and says ‘this shit is going down now’.”That young man was supposedly Jordan Davis. Dunn told the jury the following: “My life was in imminent danger.” Jordan Davis supposed gets out and screams “This shit’s going down now, bitch!” It was at this point that Dunn told the jury he reached for his weapon and said: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch!” Strolla asked if Dunn has responsible habits with firearms and he affirms.

 

Dunn had to lean forward, bounce back, then grabbed his gun. He grabbed gun & holster and “aimed at my attacker.” Despite saying “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch,” Dunn told the jury he had no malice intent, but his vocal inflection did change. Dunn suffered a hand injury which required him to hold the gun with two hands as he showed the jury. According to Dunn, the in-flight Durango didn’t “register” to him so he continued to fire.

 

Michael Dunn told the jury he was scared for his life and Rouer’s life being put in danger. Dunn continued to shoot because he was worried about what he called a “blind fire spot” which he told Strolla was in essence return fire. He also said he fired at the fleeing Durango as to “keep their heads down.”

 

Rouer exits the Gate and he screams at her, “Get in the car, we gotta go.” Dunn told the jury he was in a panic so he threw the holster at his feet before firing. Dunn continued to refer to Jordan Davis as “my attacker.” Dunn repeats the phrase he said the night of the homicide: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch.” Strolla asked Michael Dunn if anyone in the red Durango tried to “deescalate” and he told the jury they didn’t. Upon prodding, Dunn said “I tried to get out the fact” but he was too anxious to mention to Rouer that he was threatened with a weapon from the occupants’ in the red Durango.

 

At the hotel, Rouer ran in, Dun secured his weapon. Inside the hotel, Dunn was “stoic” for Rouer but he concedes he’s “more emotional now” on the witness stand. Dunn told Rouer they weren’t in any trouble save for the “local gangsters.” Because Rouer was emotionally spent, Dunn told her to get pizza.

 

After Strolla’s questions, Dunn’s answer imply that if he wanted to he could have. He said he has a valid passport and a valid aviation ID. Rouer was aggressive in demanding the couple return to their condo. At the condo, Strolla places emphasis on how transparent Dunn was. Detective Marc Musser called Dunn and told him he had five minutes before Brevard County’s finest was at his door.

 

Thank you Weary Traveler Musings.

 

Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial – Day 5.

 

 

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Michael Dunn looks at his family during his murder trial in the shooting death of unarmed teen Jordan Davis, in Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida February 10, 2014.  CREDIT: REUTERS/BOB MACK/POOL

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Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial – Day 5.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Day 5 in the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.

Day 5 in the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 1. Hearing. Partial. Michael Dunn Will Take Stand

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 2. Hearing Michael Dunn Will Take Stand

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 3. Michael Dunn Takes Stand

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 4. Michael Dunn Takes Stand.

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 5. Defense Rests. Rebuttal. Rhonda Rouer Recalled to Stand

 

 

 

 Day 5 highlights: Dunn testifies, defense rests & gets self-defense instruction, State proffers rebuttal evidence

 

From Legal Insurrection:

 

Welcome to day five of our live coverage of the “loud music” 1st degree murder trial of Michael Dunn in real time. Here are a couple live video feeds, with the smaller, upper-most feed proving the most reliable yesterday.

 

Expectations are that this morning will see the last two defense witnesses. One of these is expected to be some kind of expert on stress reactions, but is a bit of a “surprise witness” from the perspective of the State. A hearing will be held at 8AM to discuss whether to allow this testimony, in the form of a Daubert hearing.

 

The second witness, I expect, will be the defendant, Michael Dunn himself. At present there seems insufficient–meaning no–evidence of self-defense necessary for the defense to meet its burden of production on the issue of self-defense. If they fail to meet this burden the jury will not be instructed on self-defense and a conviction is certain.

 

Thank you  Legal Insurrection.

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This is Rebecca Dunn, 21, the daughter of Michael Dunn. Wonder how he would handle HIS daughter being gunned down for listening to loud hip hop thug music/

This is Rebecca Dunn, 21, the daughter of Michael Dunn. Wonder how he would handle HIS daughter being gunned down for listening to loud hip hop “thug” music.

 

From  Of 3Chics Fame:

 

Michael Dunn, the man who pumped nine shots into a parked Dodge Durango full of teenage boys, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over the kids’ loud music, took the stand Tuesday in his defense, telling the jury, “I thought I was going to be killed.”

 

Dunn, 47, claimed that he saw what he believed was the barrel of a shotgun, which prompted him to start firing. Police found no weapon in the teens’ SUV.

 

Also been swirling around the case are letters believed to have been written by Dunn while in prison awaiting his trial.

 

According to several news outlets, Dunn, who is on trial for first-degree murder for the November 2012 shooting of Jordan, wrote letters to family members, friends and others claiming that he was being treated unfairly by the media and that the court system was biased toward blacks. In a letter to his daughter about “thugs,” he wrote, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior,” WTEV News reports.

 

Thank you  Of 3Chics Fame.

 

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From  Weary Traveler Musings

 

State of Florida v. Michael Dunn — Trial Day 5 

 

Michael Dunn — Strolla called Dunn to the witness stand once court convened. Under direct, Dunn was docile, mild-mannered, and weak. Strolla asked Dunn to give biographical details about his life and asked if Dunn had recollection of the week of Jordan Davis’ homicide.

 

Dunn told the jury that he was in Jacksonville to go to Chris Dunn’s wedding. Charlie the dog was a primary focus of the early part of direct questioning. Apparently Dunn & Rouer researched pet-friendly accommodations and picked a hotel further away from the wedding venue to accommodate Charlie, a 7-month-old puppy. Rouer and Dunn have been an item for 3.5 years, moving into the same dwelling six months into the courtship. Despite ending the marriage with Chris Dunn’s mother amicable, Rouer was a bit apprehensive about going to Chris Dunn’s wedding.

 

She had not known Chris Dunn and only viewed pictures of him via Facebook. Dunn concedes that Rouer’s assessment of how many drinks he had at Chris Dunn’s wedding was accurate: 3 or 4 drinks. Rouer didn’t eat at the wedding and they didn’t serve white wine, hence the reason for going to the Gate gas station.

 

Dunn & Rouer left Chris Dunn’s wedding because of Charlie. Rouer wanted to drink white wine and chips. Upon pulling into the Gate gas station, Dunn parked next to the red Durango because he wanted to be closer to the door. The “base” of the music coming from the red Durango was “ridiculously loud” after Rouer exited the vehicle to enter the store. Dunn had asked people in the past to turn down their music and they “happily” agreed to his request.

 

What Tevin Thompson’s told the jury was quasi-accurate but Dunn was mumbling it to himself, not talking to the teens in the red Durango. The guy in the front passenger’s seat, Tevin, turned down the music after Dunn asked and Dunn thanked him. Dunn admitted to having to roll down his window to tell the guys to turn down the music.

 

Michael Dunn is not qualified to testify to what the victim, Jordan Davis, supposedly said. So I will make it abundantly clear that these are Dunn’s words being assigned to Jordan Davis. Take them with a grain of salt as Dunn has every reason to lie, omit, or embellish to escape spending his natural born life in prison.

 

Dunn claims Jordan Davis was “mean spirited” and said “fuck that.” Dunn claims to have heard Jordan Davis say inaudible “something something” at first and then “cracker.” After that, Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis looked at him and said the following: “I should kill that motherfucker.” Tommie Strones exited the Gate and entered the vehicle in the driver’s seat.

 

Dunn had to roll down his window to ask if they were threatening his life. Dunn told the jury Jordan Davis reached down and then slammed something against the red Durango door. Strolla interrupts and switches gears, asking Dunn about his familiarity with weapons. Dunn is familiar with them because of his father taking him shooting as a youngster. Strolla continues asking about the Gate gas station parking lot. Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis said “Yes, I’m going to fucking kill you” in Dunn’s direction.

 

Then Jordan Davis supposedly showed 4 inches of a shotgun barrel. Dunn told the jury “I was in fear of my life.” Michael Dunn weeps when talking about Rhounda Rouer and Charlie. “After the continued threat of ‘you’re dead, bitch,’ a young man gets out and says ‘this shit is going down now’.”That young man was supposedly Jordan Davis. Dunn told the jury the following: “My life was in imminent danger.” Jordan Davis supposed gets out and screams “This shit’s going down now, bitch!” It was at this point that Dunn told the jury he reached for his weapon and said: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch!” Strolla asked if Dunn has responsible habits with firearms and he affirms.

 

Dunn had to lean forward, bounce back, then grabbed his gun. He grabbed gun & holster and “aimed at my attacker.” Despite saying “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch,” Dunn told the jury he had no malice intent, but his vocal inflection did change. Dunn suffered a hand injury which required him to hold the gun with two hands as he showed the jury. According to Dunn, the in-flight Durango didn’t “register” to him so he continued to fire.

 

Michael Dunn told the jury he was scared for his life and Rouer’s life being put in danger. Dunn continued to shoot because he was worried about what he called a “blind fire spot” which he told Strolla was in essence return fire. He also said he fired at the fleeing Durango as to “keep their heads down.”

 

Rouer exits the Gate and he screams at her, “Get in the car, we gotta go.” Dunn told the jury he was in a panic so he threw the holster at his feet before firing. Dunn continued to refer to Jordan Davis as “my attacker.” Dunn repeats the phrase he said the night of the homicide: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch.” Strolla asked Michael Dunn if anyone in the red Durango tried to “deescalate” and he told the jury they didn’t. Upon prodding, Dunn said “I tried to get out the fact” but he was too anxious to mention to Rouer that he was threatened with a weapon from the occupants’ in the red Durango.

 

At the hotel, Rouer ran in, Dun secured his weapon. Inside the hotel, Dunn was “stoic” for Rouer but he concedes he’s “more emotional now” on the witness stand. Dunn told Rouer they weren’t in any trouble save for the “local gangsters.” Because Rouer was emotionally spent, Dunn told her to get pizza.

 

After Strolla’s questions, Dunn’s answer imply that if he wanted to he could have. He said he has a valid passport and a valid aviation ID. Rouer was aggressive in demanding the couple return to their condo. At the condo, Strolla places emphasis on how transparent Dunn was. Detective Marc Musser called Dunn and told him he had five minutes before Brevard County’s finest was at his door.

 

Thank you Weary Traveler Musings.

 

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Michael Dunn Trial – Day 6, Wed, February 12, 2014

 

Closing arguments are scheduled for today, along with the reading of jury instructions.

 

Watch the trial live on LiveStream. Get daily recaps at Wild About Trial. Court starts at 9 a.m. EST.

 

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Jordan Davis Parents, Ms. Lucia McBath & Mr. Ronald Davis:

 

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So Many Lost Children. “The Genocide Of Black America.”

 

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Michael Dunn Trial Day 4: State Rests Case In Michael Dunn Trial.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Michael Dunn Trial Day 4: State Rests Case In Michael Dunn Trial.

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jurors saw dramatic photos of the body of slain Florida teenager Jordan Davis Monday during the trial of the man accused in his killing, Michael Dunn, and viewed clothing Davis was wearing the evening he was shot to death.

 

The prosecution rested its case against Dunn early Monday afternoon after associate medical examiner Stacey Simons took the stand.

 

Dunn is accused of opening fire into a Dodge Durango in which the 17-year-old Davis was riding with three friends the night of Nov. 23, 2012. Dunn allegedly shot the teen at the Jacksonville, Fla. gas station after an argument over loud music.

 

Davis’ friend testified last week that Dunn said “Are you talking to me?” before opening fire. Dunn claims he shot in self-defense.

 

Michael Dunn Trial Day 4. Part 1

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial – Day 4 – Part 2 (State Rests)

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial – Day 4 – Part 3

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial – Day 4 – Part 4 (Jordan’s Father)

 

 

 

Michael Dunn Trial – Day 4 – Part 5

 

 

 

From Blackbutterfly7:

 

Michael Dunn Trial – Day 5, Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014

 

Here’s a link to a live stream.

Court starts at 8 a.m. EST to hear pending matters, including whether Strolla’s expert witness will be allowed to testify.  The prosecution and defense have to complete and submit jury instructions to the judge.  Actual trial begins at 9 a.m. EST.

Based on yesterday’s hearing, the judge anticipates closing arguments today and has said that he will hold court as late as 7 p.m.

Thank you Blackbutterfly7.

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From First Coast News:

State rests case in Michael Dunn trial

 

Anne Schindler, First Coast News

 

The State of Florida rested in the first degree murder trial of Michael Dunn

 

State Attorney Angela Corey holds the 9mm handgun recovered from Dunn's vehicle, during the testimony of FDLE firearms analyst Marie Pagan. (Photo: Bob.Mack@jacksonville.com/Pool)

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The State of Florida rested in the first degree murder trial of Michael Dunn, having presented 24 witnesses over four days.

 

The state’s final witness was also one of the most exhaustively questioned, former Medical Examiner Dr. Stacy Simmons, who was on the stand from about 10:30 a.m. until noon Monday.

 

Simmons’ testimony was accompanied by graphic evidence, including autopsy photos of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and clothing penetrated by bullet holes.

 

Davis’ parents were not in the courtroom for the testimony.

 

At least one juror appeared to react to the graphic images, repeatedly putting his hand over his mouth.

 

Defense Attorney Cory Strolla questioned Dr. Simmons aggressively, as he has most previous witnesses. Their exchanges were sometimes tense, as he challenged Simmons’ training, and suggested she may have been given bad information by police.

 

Strolla asked her more than once if she was familiar with the phrase, “garbage in, garbage out.”

 

The court took a longer than usual recess at noon, with Judge Russell Healey saying he needed to discuss matters with both lawyers. Court resumed at 1:30 p.m., at which point Strolla began presenting defense witnesses.

 

It is not yet clear if he intends to put Michael Dunn on the stand, though several experts, including First Coast News legal analyst Mark O’Mara, have said they think he may have to in order to establish a claim of self-defense.

 

Continue to watch complete trial coverage on First Coast News, as well as gavel to gavel coverage of the trial at firstcoastnews.com.

 

WATCH LIVE COVERAGE

 

Thank you First Coast News.

 

 

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Defendant Michael Dunn looks back at his family seated in the gallery as a morning recess is called. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Defendant Michael Dunn looks back at his family seated in the gallery as a morning recess is called. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Witness Rhonda Rouer, Michael Dunn's girlfriend testifies on the stand during the 3rd day of the murder trial of Michael Dunn.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Witness Rhonda Rouer, Michael Dunn’s girlfriend testifies on the stand during the 3rd day of the murder trial of Michael Dunn. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Witness Rhonda Rouer, Michael Dunn's girlfriend testifies on the stand. She appears to make eye contact with Michael Dunn as her testimony ends and is helped out of the courtroom.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mac

Witness Rhonda Rouer, Michael Dunn’s girlfriend testifies on the stand. She appears to make eye contact with Michael Dunn as her testimony ends and is helped out of the courtroom. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Eyewitness Shawn Atkins, currently in prison on theft charges, shows the jury how the shooter at the Gate station fired at the red SUV that was backing out of the parking lot.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Eyewitness Shawn Atkins, currently in prison on theft charges, shows the jury how the shooter at the Gate station fired at the red SUV that was backing out of the parking lot. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Associate Medical Examiner Stacey Simons shows the jury the blood and bullet hole in a t-shirt worn by Jordan Davis.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Associate Medical Examiner Stacey Simons shows the jury the blood and bullet hole in a t-shirt worn by Jordan Davis. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Christopher Dunn, son of the defendant, was called to the stand by defense attorney Cory Strolla. It was his wedding that brought the defendant to Jacksonville.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Christopher Dunn, son of the defendant, was called to the stand by defense attorney Cory Strolla. It was his wedding that brought the defendant to Jacksonville. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn puts a tissue to his eye while witness Rhonda Rouer, Michael Dunn's girlfriend testifies on the stand.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn puts a tissue to his eye while witness Rhonda Rouer, Michael Dunn’s girlfriend testifies on the stand. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State Attorney Angela Corey shows the jury five shell casings recovered from the scene by JSO Det. Andrew Kipple, a major crimes evidence technician who was on the stand at the time. The 3rd day of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Saturday Feb. 8, 2014.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State Attorney Angela Corey shows the jury five shell casings recovered from the scene by JSO Det. Andrew Kipple, a major crimes evidence technician who was on the stand at the time. The 3rd day of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Saturday Feb. 8, 2014. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

The first witness of the day was FDLE firearms analyst Marie Pagan pulls back the slide on the 9mm pistol recovered in the case to show the jury. The trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012 entered the 4th day of testimony on Monday Feb. 10, 2014.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

The first witness of the day was FDLE firearms analyst Marie Pagan pulls back the slide on the 9mm pistol recovered in the case to show the jury. The trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012 entered the 4th day of testimony on Monday Feb. 10, 2014. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn watches as his mother Sandra Dunn leave the courtroom during a morning break during the 3rd day of the murder trial of Michael Dunn  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn watches as his mother Sandra Dunn leave the courtroom during a morning break during the 3rd day of the murder trial of Michael Dunn The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn watches as his mother Family leave the courtroom during a morning break on the third day of the trial.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn watches as his mother Family leave the courtroom during a morning break on the third day of the trial. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn's mother, Sandra Dunn, walks out of the courtroom as the day ends.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Michael Dunn’s mother, Sandra Dunn, walks out of the courtroom as the day ends. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State's evidence photo of Michael Dunn's weapon used in the shooting. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State’s evidence photo of Michael Dunn’s weapon used in the shooting. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State's evidence photo of the vehicle where Jordan Davis was seated at the time of the shooting and removed to the ground for CPR to be applied. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State’s evidence photo of the vehicle where Jordan Davis was seated at the time of the shooting and removed to the ground for CPR to be applied. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

At the request of defense attorney Cory Strolla, State Attorney Angela Corey showed the jury the pocket knife that Jordan Davis had in his pocket the night he was shot. The knife had been opened after removal from a display of other items found in Davis' pockets, again at the request of Strolla.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

At the request of defense attorney Cory Strolla, State Attorney Angela Corey showed the jury the pocket knife that Jordan Davis had in his pocket the night he was shot. The knife had been opened after removal from a display of other items found in Davis’ pockets, again at the request of Strolla. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Leland Brunson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand in the afternoon session. He wiped his eyes after questioning by the Asst. State Attorney, John Guy.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Leland Brunson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand in the afternoon session. He wiped his eyes after questioning by the Asst. State Attorney, John Guy. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Leland Brunson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand in the afternoon session. He demonstrated how the shooter pulled back the slide on the weapon before shooting at the SUV.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Leland Brunson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand in the afternoon session. He demonstrated how the shooter pulled back the slide on the weapon before shooting at the SUV. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Jordan Davis' parents Lucia McBath (L) and Ronald Davis talk during a sidebar moment.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Jordan Davis’ parents Lucia McBath (L) and Ronald Davis talk during a sidebar moment. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Dowels show the trajectory of bullets that were fired during the shooting incident involving Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis  JSO

Dowels show the trajectory of bullets that were fired during the shooting incident involving Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis JSO

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Dr. Stacey Simons, a former Duval County medical examiner, on the stand to testify for state.  First Coast News

Dr. Stacey Simons, a former Duval County medical examiner, on the stand to testify for state. First Coast News

Ronald Davis, father of the victim, Jordan Davis, was called to the stand by defense attorney Cory Strolla.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Ronald Davis, father of the victim, Jordan Davis, was called to the stand by defense attorney Cory Strolla. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Ofc. Robert Holmes is the first State's witness of the day. He was one of the first officers to respond to the shooting scene. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Ofc. Robert Holmes is the first State’s witness of the day. He was one of the first officers to respond to the shooting scene. The 2nd day on of the murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis opened early Friday Feb. 7, 2014. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

FDLE biologist and DNA specialist Sukhan Wharf. Wharf holds a swab taken from a shell casing recovered from the scene that contained a touch sample.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

FDLE biologist and DNA specialist Sukhan Wharf. Wharf holds a swab taken from a shell casing recovered from the scene that contained a touch sample. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

The second witness Friday was William Spicer, an engineer/paramedic with Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Dept. Spicer indicates where one gunshot wound was on Jordan Davis' body when he responded to give aid.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

 William Spicer, an engineer/paramedic with Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Dept. Spicer indicates where one gunshot wound was on Jordan Davis’ body when he responded to give aid. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Associate Medical Examiner Stacey Simons shows the jury the pants and belt worn by Jordan Davis.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Associate Medical Examiner Stacey Simons shows the jury the pants and belt worn by Jordan Davis. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Tevin Thompson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand during the second day.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Tevin Thompson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand during the second day. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Tevin Thompson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand and under questioning by defense attorney Cory Strolla, shows how Michael Dunn pointed his weapon when he shot at the car he and Jordan Davis were riding in.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Tevin Thompson, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand and under questioning by defense attorney Cory Strolla, shows how Michael Dunn pointed his weapon when he shot at the car he and Jordan Davis were riding in. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Aliyah Harris, Jordan Davis' girlfriend who was working at the mall when Davis and his friends came to see her on the day he was killed.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Aliyah Harris, Jordan Davis’ girlfriend who was working at the mall when Davis and his friends came to see her on the day he was killed. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Defense attorney Cory Strolla (L) and Michael Dunn watch a surveillance video from the Gate Station on the night of the shooting, as a purchase is made by a woman later identified as Michael Dunn's girlfriend Rhonda Rouer.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Defense attorney Cory Strolla (L) and Michael Dunn watch a surveillance video from the Gate Station on the night of the shooting, as a purchase is made by a woman later identified as Michael Dunn’s girlfriend Rhonda Rouer. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State Attorney Angela Corey (R) asks witness Phillip Miranda, a crime scene investigator with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office who recovered the 9mm pistol recovered from Michael Dunn's vehicle in the garage of his Satellite Beach, Fl home, to confirm that it was the weapon that he recovered.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

State Attorney Angela Corey (R) asks witness Phillip Miranda, a crime scene investigator with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office who recovered the 9mm pistol recovered from Michael Dunn’s vehicle in the garage of his Satellite Beach, Fl home, to confirm that it was the weapon that he recovered. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Tommie Stornes, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand in the afternoon session.  The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

Tommie Stornes, one of the four young men in the red Durango SUV when the shooting took place, takes the stand in the afternoon session. The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

 

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Montana Judicial Standards Commission Board Recommends Discipline For District Judge G. Todd Baugh In The Cherice Morales Case.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Breaking news: today, the Montana Judicial Standards Commission filed a formal complaint against District Judge G. Todd Baugh for his actions in the Cherice Morales case. According to the Billings Gazette, “Commission attorney Malin Stearns Johnson said Baugh, 72, eroded public confidence in the courts with his statements and actions in the case.” As a result, the board is recommending that the Montana Supreme Court formally discipline the district court judge.

 

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The Commission’s decision in this case is a historic moment for Montana. This decision sends a clear message to the Montana law enforcement community that our state will not stand by while our most vulnerable citizens are attacked. This decision is a statement to victims of abuse that they can seek help with confidence, knowing that they will not be shamed or wrongfully blamed for the harm that was done to them. Though there is still much that can and should be done to protect victims in our state and around the world, this is an important step in the right direction.

 

Thank you to each and every one of you that signed our petition, that wrote letters to the Board or your local newspaper, that joined in protests: your dedication made this possible. Though this may be a small moment in each of our individual lives, let us hope that this means a world of difference to the next Cherice Morales who needs our help.

 

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Teacher Rapes Student, Judge Gives Rapist THIRTY DAYS (30)….Blames Victim.

 

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