The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU and NPR: The Michael Dunn Loud Music Trial And Renewed Debate Over Stand-Your-Ground Laws
On Saturday, a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of African-American teens playing loud music. But the jury failed to reach a verdict on the most serious charge of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Critics blame Florida’s expansive self-defense law for the hung jury, which contains the controversial stand-your-ground provision. And the verdict comes just six months after another Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Diane and her guests discuss renewed debate over the jury’s verdict in the “loud music” trial and stand-your-ground laws across the country.
President, the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy; author of “Moving America Toward Justice, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013.”
Director of Communications, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Associate Professor of Law, Savannah Law School.
Principal, LoRusso Law Firm; Former Law Enforcement Officer; Author of “When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident.”
Miami Bureau Chief, The New York Times.
Air Date: February 18, 2014