What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground

Feb 24, 2014

"The Daily Show" on Comedy Central takes note of the irony of the Michael Dunn verdict occurring during Black History Month.

Would George Zimmerman (shown left) and Michael Dunn (right) have been convicted for the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, respectively, if the prosecution had pursued less serious charges?

The Michael Dunn case has been compared to George Zimmerman's: Both involved white men who killed unarmed, black teenage boys in proceedings where Stand Your Ground was mentioned. While the  prosecution's case against Dunn seemed to be stronger - no photos of a bloodied defendant, no calling of the police as in the Zimmerman case, the jury decisions in both trials disappointed and surprised many.

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the explanation has more to do with strategic mistakes by the prosecution as opposed to Florida's self-defense laws. 

Host Tom Hudson speaks with Professor Dershowitz, along with Andrew Pantazi of the Florida Times Union, freelance reporter Eric Barton, Jane Wooldridge of the Miami Herald and Sammy Mack, Tim Padgett and Alicia Zuckerman of WLRN-Miami Herald News.