The Loud Music Trial And Renewed Debate Over Stand-Your-Ground Laws

Michael Dunn, takes the stand in his own defense during his trial in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Dunn is charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville, Fla. convenient story in 2012. - (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)

Michael Dunn, takes the stand in his own defense during his trial in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Dunn is charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville, Fla. convenient story in 2012.

(The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)

The Loud Music Trial And Renewed Debate Over Stand-Your-Ground Laws

A white Florida man was convicted of attempted murder for firing a gun at four African-American teenagers playing loud music. Diane and her guests discuss controversy over the jury's verdict and stand-your-ground laws across America.

On Saturday, a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of African-American teens playing loud music. But the jury failed to reach a verdict on the most serious charge of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Critics blame Florida’s expansive self-defense law for the hung jury, which contains the controversial stand-your-ground provision. And the verdict comes just six months after another Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Diane and her guests discuss renewed debate over the jury's verdict in the "loud music" trial and stand-your-ground laws across the country.

Guests

Michelle Bernard

president, the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy; author of "Moving America Toward Justice, The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013."

Ladd Everitt

director of communications, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Elizabeth Megale

associate professor of law, Savannah Law School.

Lance LoRusso

principal, LoRusso Law Firm; former law enforcement officer; author of "When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident."

Lizette Alvarez

Miami bureau chief, The New York Times.

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