JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Circuit Judge Russell Healey heard arguments Thursday morning regarding his plan to delay the release of public documents in the Michael Dunn case until he can review them.
Healey's decision followed the highly publicized release of Dunn's jailhouse letters, which many considered racially inflammatory.
Michael David Dunn, 46, is accused of shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis last November in a dispute over loud music. The case, which has generated national headlines, grew even more heated after the release of letters in the discovery process.
Local media, including First Coast News, have asked the judge to set aside his decision, saying it would run counter to Florida's Public Records laws.
"Once the state furnishes documents to defense, they become public record," observed George Gabel of Holland & Knight, representing both media outlets.