CUT some of yours to post my comment!Zimmerman verdict spotlights 2012 'stand your ground' case
Like George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander claimed self-defense. But she was found guilty and got 20 years in prison.
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George Zimmerman's acquittal has brought attention to another Florida shooting case.
George Zimmermans acquittal has given new life to another controversial Florida shooting case.
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In May 2012, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a bullet at a wall in 2010 to scare off her husband, who she believed was threatening her, reported The Associated Press. Nobody was hurt.
The 31-year-old African-American mother tried to claim self-defense and invoked Florida's "stand your ground" law, but the judge would not allow it. A jury found Alexander guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
After the Zimmerman verdict was announced, her much-debated case began to receive a lot of attention once again on social media.
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According to Reuters, under the stand-your-ground law, which was approved in 2005 and has been copied in some form by about 30 other states, people fearing for their lives can use deadly force without having to retreat from a confrontation, even when it is possible.
The statute was central to Zimmerman's defense because police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman based on his self-defense argument for shooting Trayvon Martin and right to use deadly force under Florida law, reported Reuters.
Alexander said she feared for her life during an argument with her estranged husband, Rico Gray, against whom she had a restraining order. According to The Associated Press, she went out to her vehicle to retrieve the gun she legally owned, came back inside and ended up firing a shot into the wall, which ricocheted into the ceiling.
State Attorney Angela Corey, who also oversaw the prosecution of Zimmerman in the Martin case, stood by the handling of Alexander's case, AP reported. Corey said she believed Alexander aimed the gun at the man and his two sons, and the bullet she fired could have ricocheted and hit any of them.
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A judge threw out Alexander's stand-your-ground self-defense claim, noting that she could have run out of the house to escape her husband but instead got the gun and went back inside.
Because Alexander fired a gun while committing a felony, the states mandatory-minimum gun law dictated the 20-year sentence, AP said.
The state's "10-20-life" law was implemented in 1999 and is credited with helping to lower the violent-crime rate. Anyone who shows a gun in the commission of certain felonies gets an automatic 10 years in prison. Fire the gun, and it's an automatic 20 years. Shoot and wound someone, and it's 25 years to life.
"The Florida criminal justice system has sent two clear messages today," Rep. Corinne Brown, D-Fla., who had been an advocate for Alexander, said after the sentencing. "One is that if women who are victims of domestic violence try to protect themselves, the stand-your-ground law will not apply to them.... The second message is that if you are black, the system will treat you differently."
Looks like Florida needs to take a look at how their courts work eh? Pretty sad. Maybe they just want old white people living there. hahaha Like the teabaggers.
See ya later. hahaha
This woman WAS/IS "innocent" ...
So DO NOT go 'lumping' ME in with ANY mindset!
I do HAVE a "mind of my own" and USE it ...
ALL THE TIME!
not libTARDEDLY :D