Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dunn Talked a Lot, Left One Thing Unsaid

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dunn Talked a Lot, Left One Thing Unsaid

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Byline: Mark Woods

"The fear is that we may get a predominantly black jury and therefore, (be) unlikely to get a favorable ruling. Sad, but that's where this country is still at. The good news is the surrounding counties are predominantly white and Republican and supporters of gun rights." - letter written by Michael Dunn from jail.

Michael Dunn wasn't tried somewhere else. He went on trial in, according to a recent study, the most conservative large city in America. And for his second trial, the jury was comprised of two blacks and 10 whites. My guess is that some of the jurors were Republicans and supporters of gun rights. This much we know for sure, all of them - white, black, male, female, Democrat, Republican - agreed to first-degree murder. And they did so relatively quickly.

The jurors found Dunn guilty. In the process, Jacksonville acquitted itself. Actually throughout this whole, emotional two-year process, Jacksonville acquitted itself well, both in the courtroom and outside of it.

Even before the latest verdict, Jordan Davis' parents once again showed remarkable fortitude and grace, expressing empathy for the family sitting on the other side of the courtroom. Davis' mother said that when she looked at the man who killed her 17-year-old son, amid all the other emotions you'd expect her to have - from anger to sadness - she felt sorrow.

Contrast that with the man who came to town for his son's wedding, bringing with him his fiancee, their dog, a gun, a silencer and nunchucks. Ever since he used the gun to fire 10 shots in the parking lot of a Southside gas station, Dunn has said a lot of things - in interviews with police, in letters he wrote from jail, in courtroom testimony - but there is one thing he hasn't said, something that he may never say.

I'm sorry.

After spending a few seconds pointing his gun, he has spent two years pointing fingers. At the teenagers, the police, the media, the prosecutors, the city of Jacksonville, the thugs who need to be taught a lesson, even the former girlfriend who repeatedly said Dunn didn't mention anything about any gun other than the one in his own hands. …

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