On the Jordan Davis Murder and Why I Avoided the Michael Dunn Trial

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  • Shawna

    Yes, I rejoiced over the verdict for the reason that you mentioned (it means that this creep will be put away for the rest of his life -mandatory sentence), but I don’t buy-in to the fact that anyone (black, white, asian, latino, republican, democrat, male, female, etc.) really felt like this was complete or partial justice for the killing of Jordan Davis. We all heard the same press conference questioning and lack of explanation on the part of the prosecutor, and the wonderfully moving words spoken on behalf of Jordan Davis by his mother and especially his father during the press conference. And, we all know that the prosecutor did not present the racist letters written by the defendant to his loved ones as he sat in jail all this time awaiting trial, and that the family was not allowed to speak about the type of person that Jordan Davis was (and, yes, he was a great one). And, we know that the legal questions given to jurors in all criminal cases are so laced with legal-ese that they NEVER ask a direct question like “Do you think that the man on trial shot Jordan Davis without reason?” So we know that the jurors didn’t have all the facts upon which to reach a solid conclusion on all counts. Maybe the jurors will talk one day…

    I am happy that the prosecutor and family will continue to seek justice for the killing of Jordan Davis. And, I am most certainly happy to learn that this man will not be allowed back on the streets to terrorize other innocent members of society. I feel for the family of the victim for their loss and I feel for the defendant’s family for their loss, but truly he is where he should be as a result of his actions. No, that won’t bring Jordan Davis back, but it won’t subject another person to meeting an early demise at his killer’s hands either. For that I am grateful! And, I will never forget Jordan Davis. In fact, this and many of the stories like this that never get told are the reason I am taking steps to work with teens on how they can stay safe in a society that seems bent on harming them, and also taking every step necessary to enact and overturn laws that protect them as well!

  • GreenInOC

    I am happy that Michael Dunn will be going to prison. I think it would have been devastating if he hadn’t.

    Often, in trials, justice is served in roundabout ways so I can understand that part of it. Understanding does not mean complacency.

    The part that is shocking, frightening, horrifying – there are not enough adjectives – is that in the verdict for the murder of Jordan Davis the court sent the message that his death was not the problem. That is sick.

    Interestingly, I perceived the “Loud Music Trial” moniker as one to broadcast the stupidity of the defendant . I never thought of the reason being that it was easier to say that then to plainly state the fact that race was the motivator not musical styles or volume of such. Thank you.

    I realize it sounds silly but I do believe that if celebrities at every level began canceling their appearances, tours, etc… in Florida because of the Stand Your Ground laws that would wake the state up faster than anything else. Money talks.

    It’s overwhelming and I’m babbling.

    • It’s a very difficult subject to navigate. On one hand, one can rejoice in the fact that Dunn is going to jail at all. But, the outcome is terribly disappointing at the same time. Jordan deserves justice. His mother, father, and family deserve justice. This is not a victory.