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Pressure builds on a local judge in the Michael Dunn case

9:42 PM, Jan 16, 2014   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Late Thursday, lawyers for local media, including First Coast News, filed an emergency motion with the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee asking that it enforce a previous order to unseal public records in the case.

Dunn is accused of killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a Southside gas station last year after a confrontation over loud music.

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In December, the 1st DCA ordered Duval County Court Judge Russell Healey to either open previously sealed public records or to hold hearings as to why the records should be sealed.

During a hearing Monday, lawyers for FCN and the Florida Times-Union asked Judge Healey to follow the DCA's order. Instead, Healey scheduled another hearing on the issue on Jan 24, just 10 days before the Dunn trial is scheduled to begin.

In Thursday's filing, lawyers for local media cited the "extraordinary urgency" of the trial's timetable. The motion added, "the non-compliance with this court's order has reached crisis proportions, and emergency relief is required by this court."

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