Hearing finds price quote for Dunn calls 'reasonable'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A three-hour hearing on Wednesday led to a magistrate finding the State Attorney's Office was "reasonable" in its time and monetary quotes to fill the request for jail phone calls made by Michael Dunn to seven media organizations.

Magistrate John Sampson III found the State Attorney's Office was "reasonable" in its time and pricing quote for 185 hours of phone conversations made by Dunn, who is charged with murder in the 2012 fatal shooting 17 year-old Jordan Davis.

Attorneys representing local media, including First Coast News, contend the State Attorney's Office is being unreasonable in withholding the phone conversations until they are reviewed for public records exemptions like for Social Security and bank numbers.

The judge hearing the case was told the $6,000 the state wants to charge to review the calls is "unreasonable."

Assistant State Attorney Lisa DiFranza handles public recorded requests saying 1,700 were made to that office over the past two years.

"We have to listen to calls for exemptions," said DiFranza, who said staff who listened to the to nearly 800 phone conversations for prosecutors handling the murder case did not listen for things that needed to be redacted.

Sampson's findings will be reported to Judge Russell Healey, who is presiding over Dunn's murder trial.


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