Friday, September 19, 2014
We are on the move and will be available on a hit-and-miss basis until the end of next week.
I will be posting from hot spots, such as McDonald’s until we reach our next destination.
Jury selection starts Monday in the Michael Dunn retrial. I doubt there will be live coverage.
Assuming they are able to seat a jury without having to bring in jurors from another judicial district, the opening statements should take place on Wednesday or possibly Thursday.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.
The defense argued a motion yesterday to prevent the medical examiner from testifying about the position Jordan Davis was in when he was shot.
As you may recall, Dunn testified at the trial that Jordan opened the back door and got out when he shot him. The medical examiner, who has since moved on to another job, testified that he was leaning away from the back door toward the driver’s side and passenger sitting behind the driver when he was shot.
She has performed some experiments since the trial and will be testifying that Dunn’s version of the shooting is impossible. His lawyer is seeking to bar that testimony on the ground that she is unqualified to express an opinion on that matter.
That argument is ridiculous because medical examiners routinely autopsy victims who die of gunshot wounds and know more about bullet wounds that anybody else.
The defense will be calling Michael Knox, the self-described forensic expert from Jacksonville whom LLMPapa embarrassed in the run-up to the Zimmerman trial. According to the defense, he is more qualified than the the medical examiner because he is a firearms expert.
He is going to say that Jordan Davis was out of the back seat when shot and he has prepared a video reconstruction of the shooting to prove it.
Should be interesting to watch the cross examination.
BTW, I do not believe there is any chance that Judge Healey will rule that the medical examiner is not qualified to express her opinion.
If he does, the scoreboard behind the judge will light up with:
The pool is open. Feel fee to discuss the Dunn retrial or any other topic.