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Old May 11th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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Marissa Alexander gets 20 years for firing warning shot after Stand Your Ground defen

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Marissa Alexander gets 20 years for firing warning shot after Stand Your Ground defense fails
By Gil Aegerter, msnbc.com

Marissa Alexander, whose case brought allegations that Florida's Stand Your Ground law is being unfairly applied, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after being convicted of three counts of aggravated assault after firing a warning shot during a dispute with her husband.

The case sparked a confrontation between a congresswoman and the prosecutor after the sentencing in Jacksonville, Fla., WJXT-TV reported.

Alexander, 31, claimed she fired a shot from a handgun into the wall to protect herself during a confrontation with her husband, who she said had abused her, WJXT reported. Two children were with him when she fired a shot in his direction, and she was charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
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Her attorneys claimed self-defense and cited the state's Stand Your Ground law, which gives people some protection from prosecution for using potentially deadly force in cases in which they feel their life is threatened. The law came under nationwide scrutiny during the Trayvon Martin case, when neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot an unarmed teen and authorities waited weeks before charging him.

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But a jury agreed with prosecutors that the law didn't apply because she left during the argument, got a gun and returned to confront him, WJXT reported.

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Last week, State Attorney Angela Corey, who is also handling the Zimmerman case, said she personally met with Alexander and reviewed the evidence in the case, WJXT reported. She said she offered Alexander a three-year sentence before trial, despite the case qualifying for a 20-year minimum mandatory sentence.

The case has sparked rallies on Alexander's behalf, and WJXT described a heated scene outside the courtroom after the sentencing:

"Three years is not mercy and 20 years is not justice," U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown told Corey in an animated confrontation in the hallway. "If there ever was a stand-your-ground case, it was this one."

... She said she has been in contact with some of the best domestic violence attorneys in the country and will be involved in the appeals process.

"This is the beginning, not the end," Brown said of Alexander case. "Clearly there is institutional racism."

At issue in the case were Alexander's actions leading up to the firing of the shot.

Alexander has said that 36-year-old Rico Gray had physically abused her in a dispute on Aug. 1, 2010. She testified that she fled into a garage and got a gun, but was unable to leave the home because the garage door was stuck. She testified that she went back into the house, where Gray was with his two sons, and fired the shot.

But Corey argued that Stand Your Law did not apply because Alexander acted in anger. The judge agreed, saying that by returning to the house, she showed she was not in fear for her life.

Gray had been arrested twice on domestic battery allegations, but Alexander had been charged with domestic battery four months after the shooting, Jacksonville.com reported.

The 20-year sentence was a mandatory minimum under Florida's "10-20-Life law," which mandates sentences for crimes involving a firearm, the Grio.com reported.

After the hearing, Alexander's attorney, Kevin Cobbin, said the Stand Your Ground law isn't always applied fairly, NBC station WLTV reported.

"The law was made for people like Ms. Alexander," Cobbin said. "They did not make it for people running around on the streets shooting people. They made it for women intheir homes trying to defended themselves against abusive mean men."
For the life of me I just don't understand our justice system. This young lady an ex-Marine with a masters degree never been in trouble before, with three kids with the youngest being nine days old and not only not kills anyone but doesn't even wound the proven abusive boyfriend who she had a restraining order against gets twenty years. The judge claimed that the "stand your ground law" doesn't apply to her while Zimmerman's ass doesn't even get arrested. WTF!!! Where were all the "stand your ground advocates supporting her, where was the NRA. She claims she fired a warning shot and the dude has a record of domestic violence again four of his five baby mamas. This dude is still around to abuse another woman while Marissa's will spend 20 years in prison her three children won't have their mother and will probably end up a statistic following in their moms footsteps to prison. Of course the state of Florida will only give the kids crumbs if that. They may have to be separated and by the time she gets out of prison her nine day old will be an adult. This is so sad on so many levels.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Even if Stand Your Ground doesn't apply, how the hell does firing a gun (and NOT injuring anyone) get you 20 years?
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Even if Stand Your Ground doesn't apply, how the hell does firing a gun (and NOT injuring anyone) get you 20 years?
And it's someone you have a restraining order against with a history of abuse. This dude has even admitted to beating four of his five baby mamas. Where is the justice or is it just us?
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I don't believe for a second that was a warning shot. Even if it was, this is not stand your ground considering she left, and returned with a gun.
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US is the new China. Steal a chocolate and you will get a year, fire a shot and don't wound anyone and you will get 20 years.
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I don't believe for a second that was a warning shot. Even if it was, this is not stand your ground considering she left, and returned with a gun.
She went to the garage and couldn't get out that way so she had to go back in. What was she suppose to do, go back and get her ass kicked. She's a ex-marine so I'm sure if she wanted to shot him she could have. Even so she didn't shoot or kill him.
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Terrible story, but why bring Zimmerman into this?
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Terrible story, but why bring Zimmerman into this?
Because he killed someone and could get less then 20 years.

With that said, I don't know it is the Florida residents or their politicians, but some of the law they have enacted do not seem to have gone go through a rigorous process, debate and the writing of the law itself.

It seems to me, once a little light shines on these laws, the reading is so vague anybody can apply it as they see fit.
Even the judges have trouble interpreting the text, applying it unevenly and raising more questions.
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... pursuit someone walking away from you, fire shot and kill him and you are were danger, so you were defending yourself
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She went to the garage and couldn't get out that way so she had to go back in. What was she suppose to do, go back and get her ass kicked. She's a ex-marine so I'm sure if she wanted to shot him she could have. Even so she didn't shoot or kill him.
In the article that I read, she left the house choosing to return in anger with a gun. She proceeded to shoot at her husband while 2 children stood by him.

She was offered a deal of 3 years but turned it down to use the stand your ground defense.

She should have shot him during one of the supposed abuse moments and she might have had a different outcome. She played the game & lost. Is it fair? No....But she chose the path that took her to the place she finds herself at today.
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