LOSD Song Parody: "DE-bate of My Life"

Hey folks,

So funny, just had to share.  This is a parody of the popular (and quite catchy) song, “Best Day of My Life,” made to fit the facts of the UC Berkeley SYG debate, the wager made thence, and the refusal of CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin to make good on her debt.

Enjoy!

 

UPDATE: YouTube has blocked this parody for copyright reasons. I’ve deleted it from my YouTube channel on my own initiative.

Gee, I wonder who would have notified Youtube within 12 hours of the video? Surely not that intellectual and fiduciary coward, @SunnyHostin? No, couldn’t have been. No way. Would be completely out of charact . . . . oh, wait, never mind. #wheresmymoney?


–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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Wikipedia Takes Note of CNN Legal Analyst's Failed Debate, Wager Welshing

Hey folks,

Just last night somebody brought to my attention that the Wikipedia entry for Sunny Hostin, purported attorney and CNN legal analyst, has been updated to include her failed performance during the UC Berkeley Stand-Your-Ground debate, as well as her welshing on the $100 wager made with me in the course of that debate.

Previous posts relevant to this matter can be found here:

CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate

and here:

The Wager Sunny Hostin Refuses to Honor

and here:

UC Berkeley Debate on SYG: Andrew Branca’s Lethal Opening Statement

and here:

Twitter-Proved: CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin’s Wager is PAST DUE

and here:

DOWNFALL: The UC Berkeley Law School Stand-Your-Ground Debate

and probably elsewhere, but I’m running out of time for this post.

In any case, Sunny Hostin’s Wiki entry can be found here:

Wikipedia: Sunny Hostin

As of 10:52AM EST on April 28, 2014, the entry still included this particular bit:

Sunny Hostin Wiki with debate welch

Who knows how long it will stay up, but it gave me a hearty laugh, for sure.

Oh, on wager update: Still no money or word from Sunny Hostin. #wheresmymoney, Sunny?

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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Twitter-Proved: CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin's Wager is PAST DUE

Ah, the wonders of Twitter, and the evidentiary bread-crumb trail it inevitably leaves in its wake.

As previously discussed in my post here, The Wager Sunny Hostin Refuses to Honor, as well as a similar post over at Legal Insurrection, CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin wagered $100 with me at the recent UC Berkeley Law School debate on SYG (which I won, thank you, very much), whereupon she promptly refused to pay up the next day.

To continue the fun, I thought I’d share with all the brief email exchange between Sunny and myself, up to the point she turns tail and runs cowardly away from her wager obligation.  So, here goes.

AB1 settle up wager

AB2 offer proof or conceded

AB3 how much time?

AB4 forward to hearing

AB5 operator audio

SH 11 followed

AB7 irrelevant

Told not to follow

AB6 dispatch do not order

SH depot told not to follow

(I would note, as an aside, that even the tiny portion of the deposition appended by Sunny actually presents evidence that it was Trayvon Martin who confronted George Zimmerman–“the suspect [Trayvon]emerged from the darkness”–NOT that George Zimmerman confronted Tayvon Martin.  That’s some lawyering, Sunny.)

AB wasnt wager

person responsible is Trayvon

AB8 absolutely

KelTec

AB9 changing subject

Surprised invited

AB13 you conceded?

 

AB show evidence

And then in her final act of intellectual cowardice in this exchange, Sunny runs away from her wager obligation.

Given your history

That’s a hell of a legal analyst you have there, CNN.  No wonder the vast majority of your feeble ratings come from airport waiting areas.

@mav128 hit the nail right on the head when he observed, sarcastically, that:

Mav128 racist is winning

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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The Wager Sunny Hostin Refuses to Honor

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, I participated in a debate at UC Berkeley on the topic of Stand-Your-Ground (SYG). I was pro-SYG. I was assigned a lovely and intelligent legal attorney and scholar as my debate partner, and I think her SYG position would most fairly be described as undecided.

On the other side of the table was another lovely and intelligent legal attorney and legal scholar, Ms. Rice-Lave. Her partner was a CNN legal analyst named Sunny Hostin, also purportedly an attorney.

At one point in the debate the following exchange occurred. Ms. Rice-Lave stated that it was “indisputed” that George Zimmerman had been told by the 911 operator to remain in his car, but that he left the car despite this instruction.

I offered Ms. Rice-Lave a $100 wager that Zimmerman was NOT told to stay in his car.

Ms. Rice-Lave did not accept the wager, but Ms. Hostin did, stating, “I’ll take that wager.” I accepted, and offered to send her the 911 recording which would have captured any such instruction.

In fact, of course, that 911 recording does not at any point contain any instruction by the police dispatcher to Zimmerman to remain in his car.

The following morning I sent Ms. Hostin the 911 audio, and offered to send her my mailing address so that she could mail my winnings.

It was at that point that she welshed on the wager. To this day she refuses to pay her $100 obligation.

So, below you’ll find the video/audio of the portion of the debate that captures the moments described above. I’ve also transcribed it, for those of you unable to stream the recording at the moment. Finally, I’ve included the 911 audio, so that you may verify for yourselves whether Zimmerman was instructed to stay in his car.

Judge for yourselves. 🙂

Recording of debate wager:

Transcription:

Rice-Lave: Let me ask you this, Mr. Branca. You indicate that, you told the people here today, that all of the prongs of classic self-defense law have to be met, except for the duty to retreat. And I would just ask you about the Trayvon Martin case, which of course we’re all familiar with. It is indisputed in that case that Mr. Zimmerman was told by the 911 operator to remain in his car, and Mr. Zimmerman left the car and pursued Trayvon Martin. In fact there was a jury instruction in the case which specifically talked about how the jurors should consider the fact that Mr. Zimmerman left and helped to create the situation, and what I’m wondering is how, if it’s the case that all these prongs of the case and that someone has to be completely innocent to prevail under self-defense, how is it the case that Mr. Zimmerman could have prevailed in this trial?

Branca: First, I’ll make you a $100 wager that he was NOT told to stay in his car.

Rice-Lave: . . .

Sunny Hostin (unseen, via Skype): I’ll take that wager.

Branca: Who is that? Who is that?

Sunny Hostin: This is Sunny.

Branca: OK, Sunny, you’re on. I’ll share the 911 tape when I get home, and we can report back to everybody.

Sunny Hosting: Trust me, I’ve listened to it.

Branca (proceeding): The duty to retreat–

Unedited, full-length 911 recording between Zimmerman and dispatcher:

If anyone can find ANYWHERE in that 911 recording–the only communication Zimmerman had with the police prior to the fatal shot fired into Trayvon Martin–where Zimmerman was told to stay in his car, I’LL pay YOU $100. In fact, he was never told to DO or NOT DO anything. At most, he was told that the police “don’t need you to do that,” and even that had nothing to do with staying in his car, but rather with following Martin.

Hey, @SunnyHostin, @wheresmymoney?

And here’s the “Downfall” parody someone produced to commemorate Sunny’s debate loss and welshing:

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

DOWNFALL: The UC Berkeley Law School Stand-Your-Ground Debate

Well, this past Tuesday (April 22, 2014) I represented the pro-SYG side of a Stand-Your-Ground debate hosted at UC Berkeley. A fully detailed post will follow when I have a free moment, but I thought I’d post this brief recounting here before it’s too dated.

Opposing me arguing against Stand-Your-Ground was Sunny Hostin, a CNN legal analyst.

Both Sunny and I also each had a debate partner. At one point her partner stated that Zimmerman had gotten out of his car after being ordered by police not to.

I immediately offered her a $100 wager that Zimmerman did NOT get out of his car after being ordered by police not to.

She remained silent, but Sunny Hostin fairly lunged at the wager, accepting it publicly in front of a packed audience of law school students and members of the public.

The next day I sent Sunny the 911 audio recording of the exchange between Zimmerman and the police dispatcher, which took place while Zimmerman was in and out of his car. Nowhere in that recording is there any evidence that Zimmerman exited his car after being ordered by the police not to do so.

I offered Sunny my mailing address so that she could make good on her wager.

Shockingly, she refuses to do so. Make of that what you will.

In the meantime, however, a DOWNFALL parody has been made about both the UC Berkeley Stand-Your-Ground debate and Sunny’s refusal to honor her wager.

Needless to say, this is satire, in that UC Berkeley is not actually territory controlled by Nazi’s, and neither CNN nor Sunny Hostin work for Hitler. 🙂 The facts of the debate and the wager are, however, entirely accurate.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to come hear me speak Friday, April 25, 2014 at the NRA Annual Meeting, and if you see me around the event be sure to say hello!

More later.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.