Off-Duty Cop Road Rage Murder Trial – next big self-defense case

Race has been a major element in many of the more prominent self-defense cases we’ve covered in recent months. Both the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn cases involved a white man shooting and killing a black teen, with both arguing the shootings were justified self-defense (Zimmerman successfully, Dunn temporarily so). The Marissa Alexander case involved a black woman shooting at a black man and his two black children, but the severity of her 20-year prison …

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Breaking – E.J. Dionne unable to grasp Stand Your Ground laws

E.J. Dionne, Jr., in his Washington Post piece entitled “Repeal stand-your-ground laws,” presents us with yet another example of the utter inability of too many journalists to grasp the relatively simple and straightforward legal concept commonly referred to as “Stand-Your-Ground.” Humorously, the first paragraph of his piece had me utterly convinced that Dionne must certainly be writing about Obamacare, despite the headline: The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide …

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Black Juror in Dunn Case: Trial about Justice, not Race

Hey folks, Tonight the Anderson Cooper show on CNN broadcast the interview of a second Dunn trial juror, Juror #8. Identified elsewhere as Creshuna Miles, she was one of two African Americans on the jury, a woman, and the youngest juror at 21 years of age. The interview was conducted by CNN’s Alina Machado. You can read the full-length post over at Legal Insurrection, here: Black Juror in Dunn Case: Trial about Justice, not Race …

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Consciousness of Guilt — the flaw in Michael Dunn’s self-defense narrative

Hey folks, Monday afternoon I was a guest on KOGO (AM600) radio in San Diego at the kind invitation of Victoria Taft, to talk about the Michael Dunn “loud music” murder trial. This broadcast took place prior to last night’s Nightline interview of Juror #4 (identified only as “Valerie”). In the interview, she explained that by the end of deliberations fully 25% of the jurors had concluded that the State had failed to disprove self-defense …

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VIDEO: Dunn Juror Speaks: State’s Failure to Disprove Self-Defense Hung Murder Conviction

Hey folks, A juror from the “loud music” murder trial of Michael Dunn for the shooting death of Jordan Davis became the first to speak with the press, on this evening’s episode of Nightline. (Video of this interview is embedded at the bottom of this post.) The juror in question was juror #4, previously anonymously profiled by journalist Stephanie Brown of WOKV as:   Exactly as predicted here at Legal Insurrection, the juror explained that …

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Andrew Branca: Dunn’s flight fatally damaged self-defense claim

Monday afternoon I was a guest on KOGO radio in San Diego, invited by host Victoria Taft to talk about the Michael Dunn “loud music” murder trial. I’d like to think this second of my radio discussions of the Dunn trial was a bit more polished than the first, but I’ll let all of you be the judge: –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law …

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QOTW: Understanding Mixed Verdicts in ‘Loud Music’ Murder Trial

Hey folks, This week’s Law of Self Defense: Question of the Week comes from, I’m afraid, from just about everybody: What’ the heck happened with the verdict in the Michael Dunn “loud music” murder trial? Because I can’t really credit any single person with this one, I’ll be donating this week’s free copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” to the non-profit women’s self-defense organization Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment. (Though I …

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Andrew Branca Dishes Dunn Verdict on Teri O’Brien Show

Hey folks, Earlier today I was a guest on the Teri O’Brien radio show to talk about the Michael Dunn “loud music” murder trial. So, if you missed the life broadcast, or even if you merely must have more of my dulcet tones, here you go. Sorry, it’s in two parts: –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available …

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Andrew to Appear on Victoria Taft Show, Discuss Dunn Trial

Hey folks, I’ve been invited to appear as a guest on the Victoria Taft show on KOGO (San Diego, AM600) tomorrow (Monday) afternoon at 3:35PM Boston time (12:35PM San Diego time). The topic, of course, will be the Dunn trial. Legal analysis and what not. Don’t tune in late though, I think it’s only a 15 minute segment, less if I get the bum’s rush. 🙂 If you’re outside of the area, you should find …

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GUILTY! Dunn Guilty of Most Charges, But Not Murder

Hey folks, Michael Dunn has been found guilty of three counts of attempted murder in the second degree, throwing missiles, but jury hangs on first degree murder of Jordan Davis. For the wholes story, including video of the verdict as well as post-verdict press-conferences by Jordan Davis’ parents, the State and the defense, head on over to my full post at Legal Insurrection: GUILTY! Dunn Guilty of Most Charges, But Not Murder –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense Andrew …

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