Court denies Dunn’s request to delay trial in Jordan Davis murder case

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Good morning:

Judge Russell Healey yesterday denied the defense motion to continue the trial date in the Michael Dunn case. The trial will commence on Monday, February 3rd.

Judge Healey next considered the media’s motions to release discovery to the public. By media, I refer to The Florida Times-Union, First Coast News and WJXT TV-4 (AKA: the intervenors). They previously petitioned to intervene on behalf of the public seeking the release of discovery that Judge Healey improperly withheld in violation of the Sunshine Law. They obtained an order from the 1st District Court of Appeal last Friday directing Judge Healey to release the evidence no later than this Friday, unless he determines at an evidentiary hearing to be held held no later than today that some of the withheld discovery, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers of witnesses should be blacked out.

Judge Healey waded into those waters at yesterday’s hearing with both prosecution and defense lamenting the appellate court’s order. Their major complaint was that the release of the discovery this close to trial may prejudice the defense and make it impossible to select a fair and impartial jury.

Of course, if the discovery had been released to the public when it was released to the defense, as required by the Sunshine Law, the late-publication problem would have been avoided.

The primary concern of the prosecution and defense is Dunn’s 740 phone calls from the jail. The Florida Times-Union at Jacksonville.com has the story:

But Corey said the media would still have to pay for the staff time it would take to produce the phone calls. Lawyers for the State Attorney’s Office have said it would take 180 hours of staff time to review the phone calls before they could be released to the public, and the media would have to pay over $6,000 for the staff time it would take to do that.
George Gabel, an attorney representing the Times-Union and First Coast News, said the media shouldn’t have to pay for the calls because the State Attorney’s Office has already reviewed them.

Corey acknowledged that they’d been reviewed, but said her staff had been looking at using them during the criminal trial, and had not reviewed them for release to the public.

Assistant State Attorney Lisa DiFranza said the office would have to review the phone calls again to redact anything that could be seen as a confession on Dunn’s part, and would also have to take any social security numbers or bank numbers that might come up during those calls because public records law prohibit those things from being released to the public.
Prosecutors estimated there were about 740 phone calls made by Dunn since he was in prison. Corey said about 10 of those calls are being looked at by her office to use against Dunn during his criminal trial.

Corey did not volunteer what was said in those phone calls.

Judge Healey said he would issue an order later.

Given the appellate court’s order, I believe Judge Healey has no choice. He has to order the release of the recordings by Friday at the close of business, so Angela Corey better git ‘er done.

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to reading transcripts of those calls.

33 Responses to Court denies Dunn’s request to delay trial in Jordan Davis murder case

  1. pbsilk7 says:

    o no! Not corey’s bullshit again!!!

  2. Off topic (Crane-Station here. We are temporarily sharing a screen, so thank you for your patience during this brief time. We hope to resolve this by tomorrow.)

    Clip for others who love soccer as I do!

    Gol de Santiago Vergini

  3. MDH says:

    Dunne is such a self-absorbed oblivious ass.

    He complains about racism.

    Well, then let’s play the there is no race game.

    Defining characteristics of a thug:

    A) Easily loses his temper and is bother by the acts of others

    B) Tries to impose his will on others

    C) Gets very angry when others do not do as he says

    D) Resorts to violence to end a conflict rather than a rational discussion

    E) Uses a weapon recklessly in a conflict

    F) Blames the victim for causing him to do a bad act

    Nazis and Brown Shirts were thugs and so is Dunne. And that is my uncolored analysis 🙂

  4. Malisha says:

    The problem is that the corruption is so deep and so broad that no peaceful protest is ever enough to address it; people have to go on living their lives and participating in the system to the extent that they put food on their own tables and manage their own lives, so after a few months of protest and public displays of dissatisfaction with the system, the dust settles on the still-breathing corpses of dead cases that proved the corruption last time around. Where is the critical mass? Can it ever be reached? I doubt it, now. I get about 5 or 6 requests per day to sign petitions involving one or another giant, undeniable, atrocious miscarriage of justice. None of it makes a bit of difference. You can kill more with one hollowpoint bullet than you can build up with a lifetime of good work.

  5. Two sides to a story says:

    And though the DA’s office and jury didn’t do the right thing, the Fullerton City Council and PD are trying to (except for their little over-the-top militarized response to Saturday’s protest, hmmm) – and they say they’ll aid FBI investigation

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/orange_county&id=9402792

  6. Two sides to a story says:

    #Fullerton City Council Meeting public agenda comments 1/21/2014 Part 2 #KellyThomas

  7. Two sides to a story says:

    Glad there’s no delay and hope Dunn has cooked his own goose in innumerable ways.

    OT – but here’s the link to the public comments to the agenda regarding Fullerton’s killer officers from last night’s City Council meeting. I watched the video feed from the overflow room in the public library next door – probably better, because the public faces the council and you can’t see faces from the seating.

    Despite the title, Ron Thomas’s speech isn’t included in these. There are 2 neutral comments and 48 impassioned pleas for justice and reform, so that shows you the true ratio of disgust at the Kelly Thomas murder and the non-acceptance of the not guilty verdict here in S. Cali.

    #Fullerton City Council Meeting public agenda comments 1/21/2014 Part I #KellyThomas

  8. Malisha says:

    Found a little mention, in a comment:

    Michael Dunn was in a bad mood after attending [his son’s] wedding. His ex-wife was there and the wedding was Dunn’s son’s who I may add Michael had no communication with for five years. Dunn took his anger out on the black youths.

    Dunn sounds a bit like Frank Taaffe. Of course, Fogen would have been the same way if he had a son, which he did not so far. And we found out, after the trial, that Fogen was in that same exact condition on Feb. 26, 2012. Shellie-Fogenette had “argued” with him and she had allegedly (one doesn’t really know who’s lying when the two — or more — liars contradict each other, do one?) left and gone to her father’s. See poor Fogen, mad at his wifey, who refusedly does not get pregnant to give him those children he loves although they have not been born (or even gestated), not a cop, not a graduate, pissed and enraged, and to make matters worse, he lives in a world where some Blacks have better jobs and live in better houses than he does, without his permission, and he arms up and storms out (not a penny to his name) and … oops, … there is a suspect who looks like he’s “up to no good.” More in his pocket than Fogen has in any of his (except of course the gun)… and the rest is the history of a corrupt racist state.

    The domestic violence people have, for a long long time, been saying that the role our society’s “blind eye toward wife-beating” has played in our culture has been a safety valve for angry, unfulfilled, oft-humiliated men who have to have SOMEONE they can punish, torment and beat to appease their bruised egos. When the DV people started telling “men” like Fogen that they didn’t have wife-beating and dog-kicking rights any more, “men” like Fogen had to resort to shooting unarmed teen-aged African American kids. See how far we’ve come? Now we SEE the violence because it’s taking place in public; in the past it was all hush hush and we thought we were nicey-nicey (except for those naughty girls who displeased their husbands, of course).

    ALL bullies look for someone they are sure they can abuse and get away with it. Look how advanced our civilization has become.

    • MDH says:

      Dunne, Fogen, and Taffe strike me as unattractive {physical, sense of humor, and personality} who must con or trick a women in order to try to keep one. That said, they are probably sexually insecure. Racist white male sexual insecurity with respect to black males has and does play a big role in rage killings.

      An example of this insecurity on the public stage, IMO, is Rush Limbaugh.

      Sure his money can buy women, but his gun can keep ’em happy. Besides, can you imaging him naked?

      IMO, he shows an inferiority complex with respect to independent women. Those are the losers biggest fear. An independent women can choose a man based on his merits as a person.

      And they fear loss of white privilege because that creates a more level playing field for males with brown skin.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      At least it’s coming out in the open for possible decontamination! : /

  9. MDH says:

    And Taffe’s.

    Mr. Dunne and Mr. Taffe seem to like to hit the sauce a lot.

    Well, show me the way
    To the next whiskey bar
    Oh, don’t ask why
    Oh, don’t ask why
    Show me the way
    To the next whiskey bar
    Oh, don’t ask why
    Oh, don’t ask why
    For if we don’t find
    The next whiskey bar
    I tell you we must die
    I tell you we must die
    I tell you, I tell you
    I tell you we must die
    Oh, moon of Alabama
    We now must say goodbye
    We’ve lost our good old mama
    And must have whiskey, oh, you know why
    Oh, moon of Alabama
    We now must say goodbye
    We’ve lost our good old mama
    And must have whiskey, oh, you know why
    Well, show me the way
    To the next little girl
    Oh, don’t ask why
    Oh, don’t ask why
    Show me the way
    To the next little girl
    Oh, don’t ask why
    Oh, don’t ask why
    For if we don’t find
    The next little girl
    I tell you we must die
    I tell you we must die
    I tell you, I tell you
    I tell you we must die
    Oh, moon of Alabama
    We now must say goodbye
    We’ve lost our good old mama
    And must have whiskey, oh, you know why

  10. Malisha says:

    I wish the media would scout out Michael Dunn’s ex-wife or ex-wives or the mothers of his children and find out about his probable history of domestic violence.

  11. Malisha says:

    Here’s my terribly cynical take on what’s going on now.

    The phone calls are so absolutely and clearly and unequivocally racist, and contain SO MANY admissions against interest, that they PROSECUTION doesn’t want them released because if the public hears them or reads the transcripts, it will be undeniable that Dunn chose to kill one or more young Black kids because he realized it was (a) OK in Florida and (b) a way to get rich and famous, besides (c) being fun. It will be undeniable that he is a racist murderer. Why does the prosecution not want this information made public? Because they will be utterly unable to throw the case if it is public. AFTER the acquittal they will just count on it going away, as did all the phone calls and text messages that would have similarly condemned Fogen. We never did see or hear them, did we? Now there’s no prejudice to him if they are released, is there? He’s scott free and we still haven’t read how many times he used the N-word to describe the child he murdered.

    • Malisha says:

      After all, Fogen used the “S-word” (suspect) to describe Trayvon Martin 16 times on the night he killed him. Before his victim’s body was cold, he was slandering him. He was never sorry for ten seconds that he murdered an innocent child. I wish the most horrible incurable vile illnesses leading to the most loathsome and ugly deaths upon each and every person who participated in any way in this cover up — down to the most insignificant secretary or file clerk who had information that could have enlightened the public about who participated after the fact in the murder — each of them is an accessory to murder, to racist murder, to obstruction of justice, and to conspiracy to deprive Americans of their federally protected Constitutional rights under color of state law. If there were to be divine justice, we would start hearing reports of their repugnant illnesses and “untimely” agonizing deaths. And then someone ELSE would have to prosecute Dunn.

      • MDH says:

        So true, well said, and, sadly, disturbing.

        Claudius Smith’s GF told that he was vomiting and crying after shooting Sane.

        Murderman was talking about what ammo he used as Trayvon bled out. And then he made a trite remark to the lady cop about her not having to shoot her suspects because they listen to her.

        In fact, in all his travails, I get the impression that nothing in the world has value, but his immediate gratification.

      • gblock says:

        Oh, Fogen was sorry. He was sorry that he had to be in trouble because of shooting Trayvon.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      Well said!

    • looneydoone says:

      Sadly, I’m in agreement with you Malisha.

  12. racerrodig says:

    A few of his letters, or excerpts possibly, were released last year.I venture a guess that he may not know anyone by the name of Peter Pan, he he does know Racist Rick, Stupidity Sam, Murderous Mal, and a host of other self incriminating names.

    He flat out called every black guy in prison and said they looked at him in an evil way (paraphrase) for shooting at teens. Gee, do ya think.

    I thinking the police never did find that gun……er stick, he claims they pointed at him.

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