UF Law faculty go-to sources in Trayvon Martin case

All eyes again turned to Florida as the Trayvon Martin shooting case generated national headlines. The case was ripe for legal discourse and the media came calling – again and again – on UF Law faculty to solicit their expert opinions as the drama unfolded before the nation.

UF Law faculty stepped up to the plate and addressed a vast number of issues related to the case: From Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, to race, to ethics, to Twitter – it was all there.

UF Law issued a media tip sheet just as the story was breaking and UF Law faculty got in early on the conversation. Now, they have been positioned as some of the go-to experts on the case, with the media relying on our faculty – as experts in not only criminal law, but in Florida law – to elucidate the sometimes difficult and technical details.

Faculty members have been quoted by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, Reuters, NPR, Time.com, and numerous local and regional publications. Professor Kenneth Nunn offered great commentary on Eliot Spitzer’s “Viewpoint” on Current TV and Professor Michael Seigel chatted with Geraldo. Other faculty commenting on the case include Legal Skills Professor George Dekle, Legal Skills Professor Monique Haughton-Worrell, Professor Michelle Jacobs, Professor Lyrissa Lidsky, Professor Amy Mashburn and Professor Kathryn Russell-Brown.

By the day after a second-degree murder charge was filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed 17-year-old, UF Law faculty had been quoted in more than 100 media outlets about the Martin case, and the list continues to grow.

The UF Law Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations also sponsored a two-and-a-half hour discussion open to the public in which professors addressed questions from law students and the Gainesville community about legal issues surrounding the case as it was unfolding.

One of the job descriptions of a UF Law professor is educating the public about how the law is applied in society, and professors are in even more demand in that role than they were during the Casey Anthony trial, which concluded last summer. It can make for a hectic schedule as professors shuffle from teaching to taking a five-minute phone interview, to fielding another media request before the next class. The fact that the media keep coming back to our faculty is a testament to their expertise, insight and articulation of the legal matters imperative to this case and to the rule of law.

Below is a list of stories that UF Law Professors have been quoted in thus far:

Trayvon Martin case media hits, plus syndicated stories as of 4/16/2012

Bob Dekle:

“‘Stand Your Ground’ Under Microscope” (March 21, 2012, WCJB TV-20), http://www.wcjb.com/local-news/2012/03/stand-your-ground-under-microscope

“As Millions Fight for Trayvon Martin, Kill at Will Laws Flourish” (March 29, 2012, Color Lines), http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/03/kill_at_will_laws.html

“Media take on police-like role in Martin case” (April 3, 2012, Associated Press), http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i45K6g4CDB4ka-i53E8MJpxfvfLA?docId=0be05db9515e41a3bbb4c2dd2895f181

http://news.yahoo.com/media-police-role-martin-case-215401404.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/04/02/national/a145337D00.DTL

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9TTFDV80.htm

http://newsok.com/media-take-on-police-like-role-in-martin-case/article/feed/366690

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/17315282/media-takes-on-police-like-role-in-martin-case

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/04/02/3531200/media-takes-on-police-like-role.html#storylink=rss

http://www.twincities.com/ci_20309371/media-takes-police-like-role-martin-case

http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-02/ae/31276126_1_police-video-police-dispatcher-trayvon-martin-slaying

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/media-take-on-police-like-role-in-martin-2279231.html

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Media-take-on-police-like-role-in-Martin-case-3453634.php

http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2012/04/02/media-take-on-police-like-investigative-role-in-martin-case/

http://www.katv.com/story/17315282/media-takes-on-police-like-role-in-martin-case

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/moving_america_news/38647

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/avantgo/2017894905.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/media-takes-police-role-martin-case-16057868

http://parkscrump.com/trayvon-martin-case-media-take-on-police-like-role/

http://www.wtoc.com/story/17315282/media-takes-on-police-like-role-in-martin-case?clienttype=printable

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120403/NATION/204030342

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9TTFDV80.htm

http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/media-take-on-police-like-role-in-teens-death_2012-04-03.html

http://www.cnbc.com/id/46938144/Media_take_on_police_like_role_in_Martin_case

“The search for probable cause in Trayvon Martin case” (April 5, 2012, Orlando Sentinel),

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-05/news/os-trayvon-martin-probable-cause-20120404_1_special-prosecutor-angela-corey-evidence-standards-arrest

“Trayvon Martin’s killing is now a murder case” (April 12, 2012, USA Today), http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-12/george-zimmerman-charges-trayvon-martin-shooting/54191768/1

“Florida state attorney known to ‘vigorously’ prosecute cases” (April 12, 2012, USA Today), http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-11/corey-florida-prosecutor-trayvon-martin/54189310/1

“George Zimmerman charged in Trayvon Martin case” (April 12, 2012, USA Today) http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-11/trayvon-martin-review/54167820/1?csp=hf

“Zimmerman’s lawyers ask judge to recuse herself, records sealed” (April 16, 2012, The Daily Beast), http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/16/zimmerman-s-lawyers-ask-judge-to-recuse-herself-records-sealed.html

Monique Haughton-Worrell:

“Panelists discuss role of race in Trayvon Martin shooting” (March 29, 2012, The Alligator), http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_42ee9790-7959-11e1-ac78-0019bb2963f4.html

“Zimmerman charged with murder” (April 12, 2012, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR), http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/04/12/charges-for-george-zimmerman

Michelle Jacobs:

“Students react to the death of Trayvon Martin” (March 22, 2012, The Alligator), http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_fa94ad9c-73d9-11e1-a8bb-0019bb2963f4.html

“Inside the Trayvon Martin Tragedy” (March 28, 2012, Legal Talk Network), http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2012/03/inside-the-trayvon-martin-tragedy/

http://tunein.com/radio/Lawyer-2-Lawyer-p321267/

http://www.podfeed.net/episode/Inside+the+Trayvon+Martin+Tragedy/3361603

“No grand jury for Trayvon Martin case” (April 10, 2012, WUFT), http://www.wuft.org/news/2012/04/10/no-grand-jury-for-trayvon-martin-case/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=no-grand-jury-for-trayvon-martin-case

“Trayvon Martin’s killing is now a murder case” (April 12, 2012, USA Today), http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-12/george-zimmerman-charges-trayvon-martin-shooting/54191768/1

http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-news/2012/04/11/trayvon-martins-killing-is-now-a-murder-case/

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120412/GPG0101/304120035/Zimmerman-charged-Trayvon-Martin-death

“George Zimmerman charged in Trayvon Martin case” (April 12, 2012, USA Today) http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-11/trayvon-martin-review/54167820/1?csp=hf

“Trayvon Martin case: George Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder” (April 11, 2012 Time.com), http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/11/trayvon-martin-case-george-zimmerman-charged-with-second-degree-murder/?xid=gonewsedit

Lyrissa Lidsky:

“What Trayvon Martin’s tweets say about him” (April 8, 2012, The Miami Herald),

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/08/2738118/what-trayvon-martins-social-media.html

“Hannity could be required to testify about his conversation with George Zimmerman” (April 11, 2012, Think Progress.org), http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/11/462513/experts-hannity-testify-conversation-with-george-zimmerman/?mobile=nc

Amy Mashburn:

“Zimmerman ex-lawyers may have violated ethics rules: law profs” (April 11, 2012, Reuters), http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/ViewNews.aspx?id=44570&terms=%40ReutersTopicCodes+CONTAINS+’ANV

Kenneth Nunn:

“Trayvon Martin: Sanford officials, Rep. Corrine Brown, meet with Justice officials in Washington” (March 20, 2012, Orlando Sentinel), http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-20/news/os-trayvon-martin-doj-investigation-20120320_1_shooting-sanford-church-sanford-officials

http://www.wsbt.com/news/os-trayvon-martin-doj-investigation-20120320,0,4710790,full.story

http://www.jdnews.com/news/justice-101937-shooting-department.html

http://www.nejamelaw.com/rick-jancha-in-the-news/trayvon-martin-sanford-officials-meet-with-justice-officials.html

http://www.samachar.com/trayvon-martin-sanford-officials-rep-corrine-brown-meet-with-justice-officials-in-washington-mdvcM6dejfb.html

“Racism Is the Problem Here” (March 21, 2012, The New York Times),

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/21/do-stand-your-ground-laws-encourage-vigilantes/racism-is-the-problem-not-the-stand-your-ground-laws

“Trayvon Martin case: Looking ahead to grand jury hearing” (March 29, 2012, Los Angeles Times), http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-20120329,0,4927997.story

http://article.wn.com/view/2012/03/29/Trayvon_Martin_case_Looking_ahead_to_grand_jury_hearing_y/

http://timesofnews.co/2012/03/29/trayvon-martin-case-looking-ahead-to-grand-jury-hearing

“What Trayvon Martin’s tweets say about him” (April 8, 2012, The Miami Herald),

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/08/2738118/what-trayvon-martins-social-media.html

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/04/09/2473560/what-trayvon-martins-tweets-say.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2127114/Trayvon-Martin-Twitter-Teen-obsessed-girls-jokes-ghetto-culture.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/04/09/v-print/144554/what-trayvon-martins-tweets-say.html

“Trayvon Martin case: Special prosecutor will skip the grand jury” (April 9, 2012, The Los Angeles Times), http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-case-answers-coming-soon-20120409,0,684632.story

“Trayvon Martin case: Why did Florida prosecutor skip grand jury?” (April 9, 2012, The Los Angeles Times), http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-case-what-does-prosecutors-decision-mean-20120409,0,3216534.story

“No Grand Jury in Trayvon Case” (April 9, 2012, Annenberg TV News), http://www.atvn.org/news/2012/04/special-prosecuter-will-not-take-trayvon-case-grand-jury

“Justice for Trayvon? Kenneth Nunn, Jenee Desomnd-Harris on Zimmerman’s second-degree murder charge” (April 11, 2012, Viowpoint with Eliot Spitzer), http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/93738266_justice-for-trayvon-kenneth-nunn-jen-e-desmond-harris-on-zimmermans-second-degree-murder-charge.htm#comments

“George Zimmerman in custody, charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin case” (April 11, 2012, Huffington Post), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-charged-second-degree-murder_n_1417198.html

“Hannity could be required to testify about his conversation with George Zimmerman” (April 11, 2012, Think Progress.org), http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/11/462513/experts-hannity-testify-conversation-with-george-zimmerman/?mobile=nc

“George Zimmerman appears briefly in court on Trayvon Martin murder charge” (April 12, 2012, The Guardian), http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/george-zimmerman-court-trayvon-martin?newsfeed=true

“Trayvon Martin case: Trial is challenge for prosecution, defense” (April 12, 2012, The Los Angeles Times), http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-legal-analysis-20120412,0,3927351.story

“George Zimmerman’s notoriety raises concerns for fair trial” (April 13, 2012, Huffington Post), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/george-zimmerman-trial-trayvon-martin_n_1423413.html

“George Zimmerman to plead not guilty to murder charge as lawyer seeks bail” (April 12, 2012, The Guardian), http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/12/george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-court-hearing?newsfeed=true

Katheryn Russell-Brown:

“Outrage unites people of all colors, but divide still exists” (March 24, 2012, Orlando Sentinel), http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-24/news/os-trayvon-martin-racial-view-20120325_1_blacks-jennifer-kesse-outrage

http://www.dailypress.com/topic/os-trayvon-martin-racial-view-20120325,0,4424398.story

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-trayvon-martin-racial-view-20120325,0,148123,full.story

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/newsworldnation/954872-227/outrage-unites-people-of-all-colors-divide.html

“Panelists discuss role of race in Trayvon Martin shooting” (March 29, 2012, The Alligator), http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_42ee9790-7959-11e1-ac78-0019bb2963f4.html

Michael Seigel:

“Stand your ground” laws and the Trayvon Martin case” (March 20, 2012, 89.3 KPCC, NPR affiliate in Los Angeles), http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2012/03/20/25683/trayvon-martin

“UF Professor Breaks Down ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law” (March 21, 2012, GTN News),

http://www.mygtn.tv/story/17214033/uf-professor-breaks-down-stand-your-ground-law

“‘Stand Your Ground Law’ at center of Fla. Shooting” (March 22, 2006, Associated Press), http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jGvt4B1k3oYa22McRcMZW59i8b0w?docId=c220cf9300364978aaf2b5e9ed3ca1b4

http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-22/news/31226014_1_deadly-force-shooting-death-police-officers

http://www.timesnews.net/article/9044107/39stand-your-ground-law39-at-center-of-fla-shooting

http://m2.tbo.com/content/2012/mar/22/220754/stand-your-ground-law-at-center-of-sanford-teen-sh/news-breaking/

http://www.delawareonline.com/viewart/20120322/NEWS/120322033/Stand-Your-Ground-Law-center-Fla-shooting?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CHome

http://online.worldmag.com/2012/03/22/stand-your-ground-law-at-center-of-fla-shooting/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46818374

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/stand-your-ground-law-1394199.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/22/stand-your-ground-law-at-center-florida-shooting/?page=all

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2017811122_apusneighborhoodwatchstandyourground.html?syndication=rss

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/trayvon-martin-case-stand_n_1372105.html

http://www.northjersey.com/wires/143771726__Stand_Your_Ground_Law__at_center_of_Fla__shooting.html

http://gma.yahoo.com/stand-ground-law-center-fla-shooting-070551429.html

http://www.twincities.com/ci_20229475/stand-your-ground-law-at-center-fla-shooting

http://abcnews.go.com/US/stand-ground-law-center-fla-shooting/comments?type=story&id=15976334

http://www.vosizneias.com/103587/2012/03/26/florida-us-could-bring-hate-charge-in-trayvon-martin-shooting/

http://www.policeone.com/patrol-issues/articles/5321748-Stand-Your-Ground-law-at-center-of-Fla-shooting/

“A fine line keeps Jacksonville teen jailed despite ‘Stand Your Ground’ law” (April 2, 2012, The Florida Times-Union), http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-03-31/story/fine-line-keeps-jacksonville-teen-jailed-despite-stand-your-ground-law

“What if Trayvon Martin had killed George Zimmerman?” (Aprial 2, 2012, Yahoo.com), http://news.yahoo.com/trayvon-martin-had-killed-george-zimmerman-145100777.html

“Zimmerman to be charged by Florida special prosecutor” (April 11, 2012, 89.3 KPCC radio), http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2012/04/11/25987/breaking-zimmerman-to-be-charged-by-florida-specia

“George Zimmerman prosecutor, Angela Corey, has a reputation of being tough, determined and fair” (April 12, 2012, ABC News.com), http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/crime/george-zimmerman–prosecutor-has-a-reputation-of-being-tough-determined-and-fair

“Murder charge brought in Trayvon Martin case” (April 4, 2012, The Associated Press), http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hWuYZ3pneIkUVNAg9O6sA8NflTcw?docId=17867965914947b0837b3f673530dd3b

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120411/NEWS04/120411029/After-public-pressure-protests-murder-charge-filed-Trayvon-Martin-killing?odyssey=nav%7Chead

http://www.minnpost.com/christian-science-monitor/2012/04/trayvon-martin-murder-case-next-legal-steps-george-zimmerman

http://www.examiner.com/ex-offender-re-entry-in-washington-dc/martin-s-family-makes-an-appearance-at-nan

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/04/prosecuting_trayvon_martins_ki.html

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/04/12/convicting-george-zimmerman-2nd-degree-murder-wont-be-easy-experts-say/

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/04/11/3877229/florida-teens-killer-faces-charge.html

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120411/news/704119829/print/

http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-12/nation/31323339_1_murder-charge-first-degree-murder-second-degree-murder

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/12/prosecutors-face-hurdles-in-trayvon-martin-case/?print&page=all

http://www.nj.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/prosecutors-face-hurdles-in-trayvon-martin-case/3478dc00dece49b284c142cdaa7be9d2

http://www.telegram.com/article/20120412/NEWS/104129915/1052

http://www.kvue.com/news/147173175.html

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/prosecutors-face-hurdles-charging-zimmerman-murder

http://www.thegrio.com/specials/trayvon-martin/george-zimmerman-makes-first-appearance-in-florida-court.php#47031723

http://www.krgv.com/news/prosecutors-face-hurdles-in-trayvon-martin-case-103563

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/trayvon-martin-zimmerman-case/2012/04/12/id/435616

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Prosecutors-face-hurdles-in-Trayvon-Martin-case-.html

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-04-12/story/trayvon-martins-mother-i-believe-it-shooting-was-accident

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20380589/prosecutors-face-hurdles-trayvon-martin-case

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120412/AP01/304129958/1057/AP01

“Hannity could be required to testify about his conversation with George Zimmerman” (April 11, 2012, Think Progress.org), http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/11/462513/experts-hannity-testify-conversation-with-george-zimmerman/?mobile=nc

Published: April 17th, 2012

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