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View Diary: Michael Dunn, the Murderous Bullying S.O.B. that the Jury Hardly Knew (199 comments)

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  •  I don't think that's accurate (2+ / 0-)
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    chuckvw, NWTerriD

    If Dunn got up and testified that he wasn't a violent person, for example, any evidence of past violent conduct/character would be admissible.

    It's a moot point, of course, and he's going to rot in prison anyway.

    •  it's a interesting point of legal scholarship (0+ / 0-)

      if he said "I'm not a violent person" yes, then
      all that character stuff comes in.

      if he said "I'm ordinarily not a heavy drinker and
      the rum at the wedding hit me hard" well then
      drinking evidence would come in.

      but if he said "I have never shot someone before and
      i'm horrified, mortified and i'm ever so sorry", well
      that would be probably a narrow corridor.

      doesn't help a lot but makes him more empathetic.

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