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Forum Post: Marissa Alexander gets a new trial !

Posted 11 months ago on Sept. 26, 2013, 6:43 p.m. EST by bensdad (8977)
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Now we need one for george zimmerman

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[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 month ago

Her trial continues.

"Ninety-three years old. That’s how old Marissa Alexander will be when she’s released from prison if she receives the 60-year prison sentence she's facing for firing a warning shot to ward off her abusive husband.

But before a Florida trial that could impose that lifetime sentence begins this fall, another even more important hearing will take place. On Friday, Aug. 1, the same judge will take testimony and rule if Alexander is entitled to a hearing to decide if she is immune from prosecution under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

The stakes are tremendous. The rest of Alexander’s life hangs in the balance. But there’s also the deeply disturbing question of whether “Stand Your Ground” laws apply mostly to often-paranoid men wielding guns but not women fighting off domestic abusers. Outside the courtroom, activists have been busy raising these issues and others, as Florida’s legal system, its institutional racism and politics come into the spotlight."

http://www.alternet.org/activism/activists-organize-standing-our-ground-week-ahead-high-stakes-marissa-alexander-hearing