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Colleges incorporate Dunn trial into classroom lesson

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Updated: 2/13 9:05 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Call it a legal lesson in real time. FSCJ paralegal student Trista Griffin says everyone is talking about the Michael Dunn trial.

"There is a lot of people talking about the case. I have a lot if friends on Facebook talking about the case and you know their feelings," said Griffin.

FSCJ Paralegal Professor Nicholas Martino says even though a verdict hasn't been rendered there are basic legal lessons he can teach now.

"Basically how the charging process works. A big thing that we discuss is ethics and the legal system and how somebody chooses to charge a defendant and how a defense attorney ultimately chooses to fight that" said Martino.

As classes use the Dunn trial to learn, FSCJ students also ask questions related to other Florida trials they've studied.

"I think following what was the George Zimmerman case and the stand your ground policy, they're just curious how it's going to keep being applied, if it's ever going to be adjusted or potentially repealed in Florida so I think they are processing it," said Martino.

Martino said his classes have a lot of questions and are probably paying closer attention to this trial since it's local. FSCJ paralegal classes will continue to follow this trial until a verdict is rendered.
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