We go to Florida, where calls are growing for the the release of Marissa Alexander, the African-American mother of three who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she maintains was a warning shot at her abusive husband. Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey, who also oversaw the case against George Zimmerman. Alexander insisted she was defending herself when she fired a shot into a wall near her husband, and attempted to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in her defense. But in March 2012 the jury convicted her after only 12 minutes of deliberation. A coalition of Southern community organizations are on a “Walk for Dignity” in Florida from Jacksonville — where Alexander was convicted — toward Sanford, where a memorial for Trayvon Martin is planned on Saturday. We speak with one of the march’s coordinators, Aleta Alston-Toure, who has visited Alexander in jail and is also calling for Corey to resign.
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AMY GOODMAN: We turn to the growing protests around another Florida shooting case, which had a different outcome from the case of George Zimmerman. It’s Marissa Alexander, 31 years old, African-American mother of three, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she maintains was a warning shot at her abusive husband. Alexander had turned down a plea bargain that would have seen her jailed for three years. She insisted she had been defending herself when she fired a shot into a wall near her husband, and she attempted to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in her defense. But in March 2012, the jury convicted her, after only 12 minutes of deliberation. She was sentenced to 20 years behind bars under a Florida law known as “10-20-Life” that carries a mandatory minimum for certain gun crimes regardless of the circumstance. The case against her was argued by Angela Corey, the same prosecutor in charge of the case against George Zimmerman….
- Justice For Marissa Alexander: Black Woman Serving 20-Years For Warning Shot Under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law Files For Appeal (bossip.com)
- theGrio: From Behind Bars Marissa Alexander Awaits Appeal Yearns For Emotional Bond With Daughter (theobamacrat.com)
- Stand Your Ground under scrutiny, as Marissa Alexander awaits appeal (tv.msnbc.com)
- From behind bars, Marissa Alexander awaits appeal, yearns for an emotional bond with daughter (thegrio.com)
- Prosecuted for standing her ground – Racism and sexism in the Sunshine State (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- Meet the Young Mother Who Is Serving 20 Years for Firing a Warning Shot at Her Abusive Husband (secretsofthefed.com)
- “March for Dignity” Seeks Release of Marissa Alexander & Resignation of Prosecutor Angela Corey (democracynow.org)