A respected broadcast friend (and broadcast colleague and longtime media professional and former kick ass black radio jock) who is also a law-abiding citizen gun owner and resident of this great state of Florida just called me and indicated that it happened again. First it was Reverend Sharpton and MSNBC and this time the factual culprit is cable network HLN and the inaccurate “headline” concerning the trial of State of Florida v. Michael Dunn suggesting that “Stand Your Ground” has something to do with the trial State of Florida v. Michael Dunn. Again, the instant trial captioned as the State of Florida v. Michael Dunn HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH “STAND YOUR GROUND” (F.S. 776.012). However, it is a trial with the defense theory being one of self defense. I mean, did these “reporters and bloggers and partisan opinion makers” or, and this one kills me, “activist journalists” (whatever the hell THAT means) follow ALL of the relevant procedure and court hearings leading up to the trial? I mean, are we to the point that when it comes to media it is now “to hell with the facts”? I mean is it now just about “content” to please the target viewing audience’s beliefs at the cost of accuracy with absolutely no shame? I mean, DAMN!!!!
Again, please tell me at WHAT POINT DURING THE STATE OF FLORIDA V. MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL THERE WAS A “STAND YOUR GROUND” HEARING? PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME WHEN AND ON WHAT DATE WAS THERE A “STAND YOUR GROUND HEARING” IN THIS CASE PROCEDURALLY?
This case has to do with the defense case theory of self-defense. That is it. THERE WAS NO “STAND YOUR GROUND” HEARING IN THIS MATTER BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THIS TRIAL NOR DURING THE TRIAL.
Now, as I saw the closings and as I have followed this trial, based upon the evidence that has been admitted, I believe the defendant Michael Dunn will be convicted. But let me also say that his defense attorney did the job he was ethically supposed to do and the job he took an ethical OATH to uphold and he did a good job defending his client.
Let me also say, that although I ALWAYS have some criticism of the prosecution (I too am a criminal defense attorney among other areas of law) that the prosecution did a good job in presenting its case to the jury as well.
And to everyone who reads this entry, please understand that the facts matter, facts are always important to either journalistic reporting or legal matters before the bench or the jury, and facts do not lie. Only PEOPLE lie.