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Michael Dunn, 47, has been found guilty of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile. A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year old Jordan Davis.
The jury deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the 1st-degree murder charge and lesser charges, including second degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, or excusable homicide.
In essence, Dunn was found guilty of everything but murdering Jordan Davis.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn, 47, gunned down Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012. Dunn claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he sprayed the vehicle with nine bullets before driving away, leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.
None of the teens had weapons.



On March 22, 2012, Florida governor Rick Scott appointed Angela Corey as Special Prosecutor to investigate the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. On the evening of February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, George Zimmerman, a 28 year-old neighborhood watch volunteer armed with a 9mm Kel-Tec pistol, shot to death Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year-old, in a gated community. A few hours after the killing, the Sanford Police Department determined that there was no "probable cause" to arrest George Zimmerman, who claimed that he acted in self-defense. Martin was returning to the home of his father's fiancee after purchasing a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles candy at a local convenience store. Zimmerman told police that Martin was the aggressor and photos of Zimmerman the night of the incident show him with a bloodied, broken nose and other injuries.
The decision by Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee and Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger not to arrest and charge Zimmerman with a crime triggered outrage fueled by social media including a petition on calling for his prosecution which garnered over 2.2 million signatures, the largest in's history. Following growing protests, including some 30,000 people in Sanford, Florida alone, as well as media coverage and engagement of the FBI, both police chief Bill Lee and state attorney Norm Wolfinger resigned from the investigation and state attorney Angela Corey took over. The case has fueled a national debate over racial profiling, gun control, institutional racism in law enforcement agencies, and the role of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) in pushing for pro-gun laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" bill.

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  •  Attempted murder GUILTY (10+ / 0-)

    But NOT guilty of murder?

    Then Jordon Davis survived?

    Can somebody whiteslpain this?

    This better be good. Because it is not going away.

    by DerAmi on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 04:38:15 AM PST

    •  OK I'll do my best. (6+ / 0-)

      I'm full on honky, so I know all about it.

      1. loud music.
      2. black kids in a SUV
      3. what's the question?

      Sorry, but that's all I got. I'm amazed as you.

      A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

      by onionjim on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 04:48:57 AM PST

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    •  Dunn said Davis had a gun (4+ / 0-)

      Defense could not prove there was not a gun.

      Therefore it was self defense.

      At least in the mind of at least one juror.

      •  I meant prosecution, not defense (5+ / 0-)

        Sorry - not quite awake and still stunned.

        •  Under the SYG, no real gun is necessary. It is (8+ / 0-)

          self defense if the killer BELIEVES there was a gun (or that the other guy might beat him up, or whatever.) The standard is a reasonable fear of death or bodily harm.
            IIRC, there was testimony that Dunn initiated the confrontation, procured his firearm from his car, and opened fire on the car.
             IMHO, that was 1st degree murder but the defense argued that Dunn was in fear for his life.
             The 3 convictions for attempted 2nd degree murder are for each of the 3 shots Dunn fired at the car as it sped away.
             We don't know whether the jury deadlocked on self defense vs murder, or whether it was 1st degree murder vs a lesser charge.
             Since 1st degree murder is a capital offense, it's possible that at least one juror simply didn't want to go there.

    •  Dunn was NOT found not guilty of murder (9+ / 0-)

      The jury deadlocked on the murder charge (which could mean that just ONE juror refused to convict) resulting in a mistrial. A mistrial simply means the case isn't over yet; it means that the defendant can (and in this case WILL) be tried again with a different jury.

      I honestly don't see any racial injustice at THIS STAGE of the prosecution. I definitely would see it if the new jury found Dunn not guilty, and most likely would see it if the new jury (which will have to consider only a single charge) deadlocked again (especially if the prosecution ends afterward). And yes, I am white. So what?

      I think a lot of people are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good here. Yes, it would have been better if the jury didn't deadlock. But that deadlock is, so far, a minor bump in the case.

      I also think a lot of people are mentally merging the Dunn case with the Zimmerman case and carrying their anger at the latter verdict into it. The outcomes are ALREADY totally different, and that's before the Dunn case is even finished.

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 05:50:38 AM PST

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      •  True. (2+ / 0-)
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        There is no question that how African Americans are treated within the justice system is racially biased.  This verdict is a step in the right direction though!

        On another note; in studying SYG I found that stats show white on white gun violence has increased in SYG states.  The racial bias shows up in the LE and Court systems where blacks who either claim SYG as a defense or are victims of SYG are far more likely to lose their case.

        All groups are experiencing more gun violence but the racial bias is showing up in the way cases are treated.

        Nothing, nothing, nothing good comes of SYG.  As the drawing of the gravestones in the diary shows, people, men, women, white, black, young are dying needlessly.  Then to add painful insult to injury black Americans are being mistreated in our courts and tearing at the unity we must show to defeat ALEC and it's t-party minions....for the greater cause and good of all of us who want this to stop on all levels.

        •  The purpose of SYG... (1+ / 0-)
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          The sole purpose of passing stand your ground legislation was to sell more guns, primarily to the Fox News, talk radio old white guy crowd. SYG laws were promoted by the gun  manufacturers, using ALEC to get the laws passed though state legislatures.

          "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." --Senator Ted Kennedy

          by Blue Silent Majority on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 07:35:53 AM PST

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          •  I hear you... (0+ / 0-)

            But living in a Deep red district in a red southern state it's NOT just old white men, it's young white men and women too.  I recently saw some stats that gun sales are sharply up among women.  

            The irony is, overall violent crime perpetrated by persons unknown to the victims is down sharply from the 60s and 70s.  The era in which I grew up.  Yet less people felt the need to arm themselves to the teeth.  My Dad had one revolver and a couple of hunting rifles and that was plenty.

            It does show the powerful affect of marketing, mythology and dare I say 'social media'. Just last week I saw FB 'friends' all women talking about how they NÉED to go out and buy more guns.  Much easier now a days for people to validate their fears and misconceptions.

    •  Can you explain what "whiteslpain" is? (0+ / 0-)


      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 06:13:55 AM PST

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      •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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        The act of a caucasian person explaining to audiences of color the true nature of racism; a caucasian person explaining sociopolitical events and/or history to audiences of color as though they are ignorant children; a caucasian person explaining to audiences of color that what they think will benefit themselves and their families and communities will in fact harm them, and vice versa.
        U.S. Senator Rand Paul whitesplained to students at Howard University that a black Republican founded the NAACP.

        "'We know our history,' Hay said of Paul's question. 'This is now; that was in the past.'"

        This better be good. Because it is not going away.

        by DerAmi on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 06:31:31 AM PST

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        •  Some alternate definitions for whiteslpain: (1+ / 0-)
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          The act of a caucasian person trying to avoid acknowledging the problem of white privilege.

          The act of a caucasian Republicans (like our friend Rand Paul) trying to avoid acknowledging that they have won quite a few elections by appealing to the fears of racist white voters. A few notable examples of the successful application this GOP political strategy would be the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, and of course the so-called "Reagan Revolution" of 1980.

          "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." --Senator Ted Kennedy

          by Blue Silent Majority on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 10:08:39 AM PST

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    •  I think the attempted murder charges (0+ / 0-)

      concerned the other 3 kids in the car. They do plan on re-trying the murder charges. Not to whitesplain it, just that that's what happened at this point.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 08:38:30 AM PST

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  •  Black skin is a weapon to cowardly white men (8+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 05:08:18 AM PST

  •  Murdering Dunn left witnesses; that's why he is (1+ / 0-)
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    Getting punished.
    Murdering Zhole killed his witness. His witness would have gone to jail because white people like our boys in jail.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 05:12:17 AM PST

  •  If Jordan David had been alone in the car (3+ / 0-)
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    Dunn would have walked away a free man after murdering Jordan Davis. So the justice is saying he wasn't wrong to kill an innocent black man in cold blood because he claimed he was scared of him, it was only wrong for him to shoot at the car.

  •  Don't blame the jury! (7+ / 0-)

    I have watched more than 300 jury trials in my lifetime, so I think I know a little about how the process works. At no time during that experience have I ever seen a jury NOT take their job seriously. All the juries I have ever seen have diligently worked to do the job that society and the cause of justice demands them to do.

    When a jury fails to return a verdict, it is not an expression of opinion regarding the guilt or innocence of the accused.  It is a judgment against the prosecution. When a jury does return a "not guilty" verdict, it more often has to do with the prosecution's case than any sympathy they may feel toward the defendant.

    In this case, the jurors convicted the defendant of every other charge but one. Murder is a very, very serious charge and carries with it the most extreme punishments available. It is not unreasonable - no matter what the facts of an individual case may be - to want to reserve those punishments against anyone - no matter how reprehensible they may be - unless the state proves its case up to and beyond the standards set by law, namely beyond all doubt, and with the unanimous agreement of the jury.

    Those who want to second guess juries and criticize a jury's vote not only are not blaming the wrong person, but actually demonstrate why only people who take the job of juror seriously should ever sit as one.

  •  title is just not true. (5+ / 0-)
    2 Murderers Not Found Guilty Of Murder
    Being found "not guilty" requires 12 jurors to unanimously vote that a person is "not guilty." That charge is over and done, and the person has no sentence for it, and the person cannot be retried for that crime.  That is what happened in the Zimmerman trial.

    What happened on count 1 of the Dunn case is a hung jury.  The murder charge is not over and done; if that had been the only charge he faced, he will still be in jail after a hung jury (as he was prior to the trial) and he will be tried again, and, if the  jury reaches a verdict on one of the charges -- first degree murder, second degree murder, or manslaughter -- he will be sentenced for that crime.  On count 1, he is in the same position as he was before the trial, only worse, because now he has already been convicted on the other counts.  It's justice delayed, not justice denied.

    I would not post this if all you were doing is expressing your disappointment at the fact that the jury could not unanimously decide on one verdict for count 1.  But to say he was "found not guilty" is just plain wrong.  

    •  Imagine my surprise (2+ / 0-)
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      coffeetalk in yet another diary about the death of black teenager at the hands of person making a horribly suspect defense and once again you spend your time pedantically explaining only the reasons why the outraged and hurt and disappointed people are wrong. It's odd that you aren't ever expressing your upset at the perversion of our justice system.

      In other words, yes coffeetalk, everyone understands that Dunn can be retried, what with the huge damn press conference in which Angela Corey announced just that. But the fact that another jury couldn't see through Dunn's idiotic claims and find their way to a verdict IS justice denied.

      Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

      by CenPhx on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 06:11:03 AM PST

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      •  Your comment is unreasonable. (2+ / 0-)
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        I've argued with the Counselor frequently about a number of things, but her description of these events is exactly correct, and has nothing to do with ethnic privilege or bias, and the assertion that it does is offensive.

        The DoucheBag Prosecutors didn't make their case within the strict requirements of the law, and the jury followed the law and the judge's instructions, so if you want to vent at someone, vent at Corey et al!

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 07:01:01 AM PST

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    •  Technically, the title is right. (0+ / 0-)

      The title doesn't say that Dunn was found not guilty; it says that he was not found guilty.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 08:29:11 AM PST

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