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Ladies and gentlemen, this is Marissa Alexander:

Following the acquittal Saturday night of George Zimmerman many legal analysts are arguing that the George Zimmerman verdict was no surprise based on Florida’s strict “Stand Your Ground” laws. And though the verdict seemed to be a “no-brainer” for the jury assigned to George Zimmerman’s case, things didn’t play out so well for Marissa Alexander.

Last year, I read about Marissa’s case and stumbled the open letter she’d written requesting justice. Alexander, a 31 year old black woman also living in Florida, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for shooting what she described as “warning shots” into a wall during an altercation with her husband. Alexander had a protective order against her husband who had a history of being abusive. No one was injured during the shooting but Alexander was sent to prison.

Alexander was convicted under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law which set minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. The 1999 law requires that any gun related crime earns the assailant a ten year minimum sentence. If the gun is fired the assailant will receive a 20 year minimum sentence and if the gun injures or kills someone, the minimum sentence is 25 years to life.

Since Zimmerman’s acquittal, people are starting to ask questions about Alexander’s conviction.

Angela Corey, Florida’s state attorney, who oversaw the prosecution of George Zimmerman and also tried the case against Alexander defended the sentencing when it was handed down a year ago.

Corey told the Florida Times-Union: “When she [Alexander] discharges a firearm in the direction of human beings, the legislature says it’s dangerous. And one of the reasons is because the bullet went through the wall where one of the children was standing. It happened to deflect up into the ceiling, but if it had deflected down it could have hit one of the children.”

Alexander’s attorney argued self defense just like Zimmerman’s defense team but when her attorney tried to have her case retried under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Circuit Court Judge James Daniel denied it.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all of this. I’ve done my best to seperate race from my opinion in the Zimmerman trial, in my personal opinion it was a right and wrong and adult and child (yes at 17 Trayvon is still considered a child) situation; however while revisiting this case I do see the contrasts.The racial disparity seems to be the only difference between Alexander’s conviction and Zimmerman’s acquittal. Oh, that and the fact that Alexander didn’t harm or injure anyone and Zimmerman killed a teenage boy. It’s disgusting.

Hopefully, Zimmerman’s acquittal will yield to something good in that someone revisits Alexander’s case and either reduces or eliminates her jail time.

 

 

xoxo

Dee

Legal analysts are arguing that the George Zimmerman verdict was no surprise based on Florida’s strict “Stand Your Ground” laws. And though the verdict seemed to be a “no-brainer” for the jury assigned to George Zimmerman’s case, things didn’t play out so well for Marissa Alexander.

Last year, we reported about Marissa’s case and the open letter she’d written requesting justice. Alexander, a 31 year old black woman also living in Florida, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for shooting what she described as “warning shots” into a wall during an altercation with her husband. Alexander had a protective order against her husband who had a history of being abusive. No one was injured during the shooting but Alexander was sent to prison.

Alexander was convicted under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law which set minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. The 1999 law requires that any gun related crime earns the assailant a ten year minimum sentence. If the gun is fired the assailant will receive a 20 year minimum sentence and if the gun injures or kills someone, the minimum sentence is 25 years to life.

Since Zimmerman’s acquittal, people are starting to ask questions about Alexander’s conviction.

Angela Corey, Florida’s state attorney, who oversaw the prosecution of George Zimmerman and also tried the case against Alexander defended the sentencing when it was handed down a year ago.

Corey told the Florida Times-Union: “When she [Alexander] discharges a firearm in the direction of human beings, the legislature says it’s dangerous. And one of the reasons is because the bullet went through the wall where one of the children was standing. It happened to deflect up into the ceiling, but if it had deflected down it could have hit one of the children.”

Alexander’s attorney argued self defense just like Zimmerman’s defense team but when her attorney tried to have her case retried under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Circuit Court Judge James Daniel denied it.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all of this. The racial disparity seems to be the only difference between Alexander’s conviction and Zimmerman’s acquittal. Oh, that and the fact that Alexander didn’t harm or injure anyone and Zimmerman killed a teenage boy. It’s disgusting.

Hopefully, Zimmerman’s acquittal will yield to something good in that someone revisits Alexander’s case and either reduces or eliminates her jail time.

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/286280/why-is-marissa-alexander-in-jail-zimmerman-acquittal-draws-renewed-interest-to-her-case/#sthash.2Uro3tzh.dpuf

Legal analysts are arguing that the George Zimmerman verdict was no surprise based on Florida’s strict “Stand Your Ground” laws. And though the verdict seemed to be a “no-brainer” for the jury assigned to George Zimmerman’s case, things didn’t play out so well for Marissa Alexander.

Last year, we reported about Marissa’s case and the open letter she’d written requesting justice. Alexander, a 31 year old black woman also living in Florida, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for shooting what she described as “warning shots” into a wall during an altercation with her husband. Alexander had a protective order against her husband who had a history of being abusive. No one was injured during the shooting but Alexander was sent to prison.

Alexander was convicted under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law which set minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. The 1999 law requires that any gun related crime earns the assailant a ten year minimum sentence. If the gun is fired the assailant will receive a 20 year minimum sentence and if the gun injures or kills someone, the minimum sentence is 25 years to life.

Since Zimmerman’s acquittal, people are starting to ask questions about Alexander’s conviction.

Angela Corey, Florida’s state attorney, who oversaw the prosecution of George Zimmerman and also tried the case against Alexander defended the sentencing when it was handed down a year ago.

Corey told the Florida Times-Union: “When she [Alexander] discharges a firearm in the direction of human beings, the legislature says it’s dangerous. And one of the reasons is because the bullet went through the wall where one of the children was standing. It happened to deflect up into the ceiling, but if it had deflected down it could have hit one of the children.”

Alexander’s attorney argued self defense just like Zimmerman’s defense team but when her attorney tried to have her case retried under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Circuit Court Judge James Daniel denied it.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all of this. The racial disparity seems to be the only difference between Alexander’s conviction and Zimmerman’s acquittal. Oh, that and the fact that Alexander didn’t harm or injure anyone and Zimmerman killed a teenage boy. It’s disgusting.

Hopefully, Zimmerman’s acquittal will yield to something good in that someone revisits Alexander’s case and either reduces or eliminates her jail time.

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/286280/why-is-marissa-alexander-in-jail-zimmerman-acquittal-draws-renewed-interest-to-her-case/#sthash.2Uro3tzh.dpuf

Legal analysts are arguing that the George Zimmerman verdict was no surprise based on Florida’s strict “Stand Your Ground” laws. And though the verdict seemed to be a “no-brainer” for the jury assigned to George Zimmerman’s case, things didn’t play out so well for Marissa Alexander.

Last year, we reported about Marissa’s case and the open letter she’d written requesting justice. Alexander, a 31 year old black woman also living in Florida, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for shooting what she described as “warning shots” into a wall during an altercation with her husband. Alexander had a protective order against her husband who had a history of being abusive. No one was injured during the shooting but Alexander was sent to prison.

Alexander was convicted under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law which set minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. The 1999 law requires that any gun related crime earns the assailant a ten year minimum sentence. If the gun is fired the assailant will receive a 20 year minimum sentence and if the gun injures or kills someone, the minimum sentence is 25 years to life.

Since Zimmerman’s acquittal, people are starting to ask questions about Alexander’s conviction.

Angela Corey, Florida’s state attorney, who oversaw the prosecution of George Zimmerman and also tried the case against Alexander defended the sentencing when it was handed down a year ago.

Corey told the Florida Times-Union: “When she [Alexander] discharges a firearm in the direction of human beings, the legislature says it’s dangerous. And one of the reasons is because the bullet went through the wall where one of the children was standing. It happened to deflect up into the ceiling, but if it had deflected down it could have hit one of the children.”

Alexander’s attorney argued self defense just like Zimmerman’s defense team but when her attorney tried to have her case retried under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Circuit Court Judge James Daniel denied it.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all of this. The racial disparity seems to be the only difference between Alexander’s conviction and Zimmerman’s acquittal. Oh, that and the fact that Alexander didn’t harm or injure anyone and Zimmerman killed a teenage boy. It’s disgusting.

Hopefully, Zimmerman’s acquittal will yield to something good in that someone revisits Alexander’s case and either reduces or eliminates her jail time.

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/286280/why-is-marissa-alexander-in-jail-zimmerman-acquittal-draws-renewed-interest-to-her-case/#sthash.2Uro3tzh.dpuf

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