APLEBLOG readers may be a bit surprised we did not release an analysis of the Michael Dunn case before the verdict. However APLEBLOG was not going to release a story until the case came to a conclusion for multiple reasons. Just as expected there was not a conviction on the ultimate charge of first-degree murder, nor was there a second-degree murder or manslaughter finding by the jury. Instead there was hung jury because the twelve jurors were unable to come to an agreement on the ultimate charge of murder. However, the jury did convict Dunn of three counts of attempted second-degree murder on the basis of the three other teens in the vehicle the victim, Jordan Davis, occupied at the time of the shooting. Nonetheless this finding by the jury may not be upheld if Dunn appeals his conviction.
People remember Charlie Crist as the former Florida governor, but he is no stranger to the law. He was Florida’s attorney general before his governorship and since he lost his Senate bid to Marco Rubio he joined the Central Florida law firm Morgan & Morgan. Now Charlie Crist and Matt Morgan of Morgan & Morgan are making news because they represent Rebecca’s mother, Tricia Norman, in a wrongful death suit. Good luck chuck!
(CNN) — Two teenage girls accused of aggravated stalking in the case of a young Florida girl who jumped to her death no longer face criminal charges, lawyers said Wednesday.
Attorney Jose Baez, the attorney for the younger of the two girls, said the state had dropped the felony charge against her in the bullying case of Rebecca Sedwick, who was 12 when she committed suicide in September. Read the rest of this entry →
As a victim of bullying my proverb was always “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Apparently in the Internet age there are no ‘sticks and stones’ or ‘words’ in the traditional sense, but rather posts. Today’s children live in a cyber world that is unregulated in which they promulgate their own rules. They live unregulated largely because adults are absent. Parents are not a part of this cyber world either because they are not tech-savvy, children fool them with fake social media accounts, they are not interested, or they do not want to get involved with child’s play. Hence we end up with a Lord of the Flies scenario except there are no killings. Nevertheless, any victim of bullying in my age group would substitute physical, in-your-face bullying for cyber-bullying any day. Today, however, you have to log-on and visit particular sites in order to find out who’s bullying you. Now prosecutors are holding a 12 and 14 year-old responsible for the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick. Read the rest of this entry →