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Michael Dunn’s Sentencing Hearing May Be Delayed.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From Associated Press:

 

Michael Dunn‘s sentencing hearing in loud music killing delayed

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of attempted murder in a confrontation over loud music will have to wait until at least Friday to see if a judge sentences him or waits until after the 47-year-old software developer’s retrial on first-degree murder.

 

Jurors deadlocked last month on the murder charge against Michael Dunn in the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Prosecutors have vowed to retry him on the count.

 

Dunn could face a maximum of 60 years in prison for the charges on which he already has been convicted.

 

The South Patrick Shores resident worked in Vero Beach as vice president at Dunn & Dunn Data Systems.

 

Dunn’s attorney on Monday asked that sentencing be postponed until after the second trial. Defense attorney Cory Strolla says he is concerned that statements Dunn makes at a sentencing hearing could be used against him in his second trial.

 

Strolla also said he is stepping down as Dunn’s attorney and asked Judge Russell Healey to appoint public defenders.

 

Healey, an interim circuit judge, said he has never come across a case with similar circumstances in 150 trials.

 

“I’ve never had a hung jury,” Healey said at Monday’s hearing.

 

A mistrial was declared on the murder charge after jurors deliberated for four days. The 12 jurors found him guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

 

Dunn was charged with fatally shooting Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 after the argument over loud music coming from the SUV occupied by Davis and three friends. The teens were black. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancee as “thug music.”

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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Think Progress: Black Man Sentenced To Death By All-White Jury Freed From Louisiana Prison After 30 Years.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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BY NICOLE FLATOW & THINK PROGRESS:

 

Black Man Sentenced To Death By All-White Jury Freed From Louisiana Prison After 30 Years

 

Glenn Ford was Louisiana’s longest-serving death row inmate until Tuesday, when he walked free after 30 years behind bars in a notorious maximum security prison. For three decades, he had maintained he didn’t commit the murder of which he was accused and wasn’t present at the time it occurred.

 

Ford, an African American man, first became a suspect in the murder of Isadore Rozeman, a jeweler and watchmaker for whom Ford occasionally did some yard work, when the girlfriend of a fellow suspect implicated Ford in the murder. Later testifying at his trial, she stated that she “lied about all of it.”

 

Ford was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury on testimony that the shooter was probably left-handed, that there were traces of gun powder particles on his hands, and that fingerprints found on a bag at the scene had more in common with Ford than two alternative suspects, according to the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana. There were no witnesses to the alleged crime, and no weapon found. His two court-appointed lawyers had almost no experience with jury trials or criminal cases, let alone capital cases in which the defendant’s life was on the line. And even though a court later reviewing the conviction agreed that prosecutors had withheld evidence favorable to Ford, it declined to grant him a new trial, reasoning that this evidence would not have made the difference.

 

What finally changed the prosecutors’ position was a confession by another man who had been a suspect all along that he shot and killed Rozeman, given to the state by a confidential informant from a county police department, according to the Capital Post Conviction Project. The state cited only new “credible evidence.”

 

“I’ve been locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do,” Ford said. “I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40, stuff like that.” He added that his kids were babies when he was hauled off to prison, and those kids now have their own babies.

 

Ford’s exoneration brings the tally of death row inmates cleared of all charges to 144 nationally and 10 in Louisiana since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in 1973, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Last October, a man was released just days before his death, also from Louisiana’s Angola prison, after spending decades in solitary confinement for a false conviction in a racially charged murder case.

 

A third death row inmate released from the same Angola prison after being falsely convicted of capital murder testified last month before a Senate committee on the inhumane conditions of solitary confinement on Angola’s death row. “Fairly early during my confinement at Angola, I very seriously considered giving up my legal rights and letting the State execute me,” he said. “No one, no matter how horrible the crimes for which they have been convicted, can endure this lack of stimulation, contact, and activity for very long.”

 

Thank you  NICOLE FLATOW & THINK PROGRESS.

 

 

Black Man Wrongfully Convicted by White Jury, Freed after 3 Decades on Death Row.

Black Man Wrongfully Convicted by White Jury, Freed after 3 Decades on Death Row.

 

 

From CNN:

 

Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner walks free after 30 years

 

By Dana FordCNN

 

(CNN) – There are many ways to measure 30 years, but for Glenn Ford, the yardstick is simple.

 

“My sons — when I left — was babies. Now they grown men with babies,” he said, speaking as a free man for the first time in nearly three decades.

 

Ford, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner, walked free Tuesday after spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.

 

“My mind’s going all kinds of directions, but it feels good,” Ford, 64, told reporters outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, according to CNN affiliate WAFB.

 

One reporter asked whether he harbors any resentment.

 

“Yeah, because I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do,” said Ford, who wore a denim shirt, a hat and dark-rimmed glasses.

 

“Thirty years of my life, if not all of it,” he said, WAFB reported. “I can’t go back.”

 

According to the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, a judge ordered that Ford be freed Monday after prosecutors petitioned the court to release him.

 

New information corroborated what Ford had said all along: that he was not present at nor involved in the November 5, 1983, slaying of Isadore Rozeman, the project said.

 

“We are very pleased to see Glenn Ford finally exonerated, and we are particularly grateful that the prosecution and the court moved ahead so decisively to set Mr. Ford free,” said Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, Ford’s attorneys.

 

They have argued his trial was compromised by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence and by inexperienced counsel.

 

Ford had been on death row since 1984, making him one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States.

 

“After 30 years, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner will get his freedom soon,” Amnesty International USA senior campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris said in a statement shortly before his release.

 

“Glenn Ford is living proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is. We are moved that Mr. Ford, an African-American man convicted by an all-white jury, will be able to leave death row a survivor.”

 

Thank you CNN.

 

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Lucia McBath & Ronald Davis, Parents Of Jordan Russell Davis, Interview On The Last Word With Lawrence .


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law states that when deadly force is present, you have a right not to retreat, a right to stand your ground if you are in a place you have a right to be and are not illegally present in that place, and are committing no crime. At that point you are allowed by Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to meet deadly force with equal deadly force.

 

Since when did loud music, or a smart aleck, young 17 year old bravado mouth, become deadly force?

 

Jordan Davis Parents ‘He Will Pay’ FULL 15 Min Interview Last Word w Lawrence O’Donnell

 

Published on Feb 19, 2014

Jordan Davis Parents ‘He Will Pay’ FULL 15 Min Interview Last Word w Lawrence O’Donnell

 

 

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, the parents of Jordan Davis, reacted to the verdict that convicted Michael Dunn of second-degree murder but not first-degree on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show Wednesday night. They said they were shocked and heartbroken at the miscarriage of justice, and were joined by their lawyer John Phillips, who told O’Donnell the jury “gave the benefit of the doubt to the Caucasian businessman.”

 

O’Donnell brought up the interview a juror in the case gave to Nightline, in which she revealed that the vote was 9-3 for conviction of first-degree murder. McBath didn’t feel any ill will towards the jury, saying they “put their heart and soul” into deciding this case.

 

Both parents were frankly stunned by Dunn calling himself the “f*cking victim”, with Davis saying, “The victim was the one that had a bullet go through his lungs.”

 

O’Donnell appeared to tear up a bit while bringing up the overwhelming response the Davis family has been getting on Twitter, and asked them what they would say to Dunn if they had the chance. McBath said she’d tell him, “Not only did you take Jordan’s life but you took my future.” And she believes that no matter what the final outcome on the first-degree murder charge is, “in some way, shape or form, he will pay… because he’s going to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

 

I am simply stunned that 12 humans can not look at the facts presented in this case, no matter how incompetent the states attorney did their job of presenting those facts, and reach a guilty verdict on Murder One.

 

 

Jordan Davis – CNNSoledad O’Brien interviews the family of Jordan Davis

 

Published on May 5, 2013

Soledad O’Brien interviews Jordan Davis’ parents on CNN’s Starting Point.

 

 

 

Jordan Davis – MSNBC The Last Word w/ Lawrence O’Donnell – Parents Speak

 

As Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports proudly that they have reached one million for their concealed weapons and firearm license program, others are left to bare the burden of this trend. Parents of shooting victim Jordan Davis tell their story and what they plan to do to make sure it doesn’t happen to your child.

 

 

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Michael Dunn Trial Post Verdict Jordan Davis Parents Press Conference.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Michael Dunn Trial. Post Verdict. Jordan Davis Parents Press Conference

 

Published on Feb 15, 2014

Michael Dunn Trial. Post Verdict. Jordan Davis Parents Press Conference

 

 

 

Michael Dunn, Murder Of Jordan Russell Davis, Trial Verdict….

 

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Count 1 – Murder One – Mistrial. Can be retried.

 

Count 2 – 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty –  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 3 - 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty -  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 4 - 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty -  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 5 -  Deadly Missile charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years.

 

Michael Dunn is 47 years old. This is in essence a life sentence.

 

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Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts Responds to Verdict in Trial of Jordan Davis’s Killer; Jordan’s Mother, Lucia Mcbath, Is National Spokesperson

 

We are saddened and disappointed that the jury in the trial of Jordan Davis’s killer was unable to reach a full verdict. Our hearts are with Jordan’s family as they learn that they will have to bear another trial and more waiting for justice. Jordan and his family deserve closure in the killing of their son, and we will continue to shine a spotlight on our country’s broken Stand Your Ground laws.

 

Stand Your Ground laws put our children, families, and communities at risk because they give everyday, untrained citizens more leeway to shoot than the United States military gives soldiers in war zones. Children – like Jordan Davis – who may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time are now more likely to die at the hands of the armed and angry. This is unacceptable.

 

Jordan’s fate is not an isolated one: He is one of at least 26 children and teens killed in Florida Stand Your Ground cases since 2005. Stand Your Ground laws – also called “shoot first” laws because they empower armed vigilantism – are associated with a clear increase in homicides, resulting in up to 700 more homicides nationwide each year, according to a 2012 study by Texas A&M researchers.

 

Research indicates that Stand Your Ground laws embolden people to shoot when they could have resolved conflicts by using a lesser degree of force or simply walking away. After Florida passed its Stand Your Ground law, its justifiable homicide rate tripled. Over the same time period, the justifiable homicide rate decreased in states that did not pass Stand Your Ground laws.

 

This increase in homicides due to Stand Your Ground laws disproportionately affects communities of color. The Urban Institute found that when white shooters kill black victims, the resulting homicides are 11 times more likely to be deemed justifiable than when the shooter is black and the victim is white.

 

And despite the assertions of Stand Your Ground supporters, the Texas A&M researchers found no evidence that Stand Your Ground laws deter crime.

 

Now that the research on Stand Your Ground laws is clear, states are listening. Though at least seven states had Stand Your Ground legislation pending at the time ofTrayvon Martin’s shooting death in February 2012, not one of those bills became law. Trayvon’s death served a national wake-up call: No additional states have become Stand Your Ground states since. And legislators in at least 11 states have introduced bills to scale back or repeal their laws, and one such reform bill passed in Louisiana.

 

During a recent legislative hearing to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Davis’s mother Lucia McBath, a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action, said, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” Lucia has funneled her grief into activism and moms will continue to fight along side her, committed to undoing the damage these ill-conceived laws have created.

 

American mothers have had enough and we are prepared to go toe-to-toe with our country’s insidious gun lobby. We will stand our ground for children like Jordan Davis and we will not stop until Stand Your Ground laws are rolled back.

 

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Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts Responds to Verdict in Trial of Jordan Davis’s Killer; Jordan’s Mother, Lucia Mcbath, Is National Spokesperson


 

By Jueseppi B.

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We are saddened and disappointed that the jury in the trial of Jordan Davis’s killer was unable to reach a full verdict. Our hearts are with Jordan’s family as they learn that they will have to bear another trial and more waiting for justice. Jordan and his family deserve closure in the killing of their son, and we will continue to shine a spotlight on our country’s broken Stand Your Ground laws.

 

Stand Your Ground laws put our children, families, and communities at risk because they give everyday, untrained citizens more leeway to shoot than the United States military gives soldiers in war zones. Children – like Jordan Davis – who may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time are now more likely to die at the hands of the armed and angry. This is unacceptable.

 

Jordan’s fate is not an isolated one: He is one of at least 26 children and teens killed in Florida Stand Your Ground cases since 2005. Stand Your Ground laws – also called “shoot first” laws because they empower armed vigilantism – are associated with a clear increase in homicides, resulting in up to 700 more homicides nationwide each year, according to a 2012 study by Texas A&M researchers.

 

Research indicates that Stand Your Ground laws embolden people to shoot when they could have resolved conflicts by using a lesser degree of force or simply walking away. After Florida passed its Stand Your Ground law, its justifiable homicide rate tripled. Over the same time period, the justifiable homicide rate decreased in states that did not pass Stand Your Ground laws.

 

This increase in homicides due to Stand Your Ground laws disproportionately affects communities of color. The Urban Institute found that when white shooters kill black victims, the resulting homicides are 11 times more likely to be deemed justifiable than when the shooter is black and the victim is white.

 

And despite the assertions of Stand Your Ground supporters, the Texas A&M researchers found no evidence that Stand Your Ground laws deter crime.

 

Now that the research on Stand Your Ground laws is clear, states are listening. Though at least seven states had Stand Your Ground legislation pending at the time of Trayvon Martin’s shooting death in February 2012, not one of those bills became law. Trayvon’s death served a national wake-up call: No additional states have become Stand Your Ground states since. And legislators in at least 11 states have introduced bills to scale back or repeal their laws, and one such reform bill passed in Louisiana.

 

During a recent legislative hearing to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Davis’s mother Lucia McBath, a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action, said, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” Lucia has funneled her grief into activism and moms will continue to fight along side her, committed to undoing the damage these ill-conceived laws have created.

 

American mothers have had enough and we are prepared to go toe-to-toe with our country’s insidious gun lobby. We will stand our ground for children like Jordan Davis and we will not stop until Stand Your Ground laws are rolled back.

 

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Michael Dunn, Murder Of Jordan Russell Davis, Trial Verdict….

 

Michael Dunn Is Guilty Of ATTEMPTING To Kill The 3 Young Black Males In The SUV. Mistrial On The Charge Of Murder In The First Degree Of Jordan Russell Davis. 75 Year Minimum Sentence Is Possible For 47 Year Old Michael Dunn.

 

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Michael Dunn, Murder Of Jordan Russell Davis, Trial Verdict….

 

Count 1 – Murder One – Mistrial. Can be retried.

 

Count 2 – 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty –  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 3 - 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty -  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 4 - 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty -  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 5 -  Deadly Missile charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years.

 

Michael Dunn is 47 years old. This is in essence a life sentence.

 

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