Marissa Alexander was a victim of domestic abuse, who fired a warning shot when her husband entered her home and NOBODY was hurt. She was denied the ability to present her case under the “Stand Your Ground” law in court and was sentenced to 20 years. Then…
"The conviction was thrown out after the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that Daniel made a mistake in shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she was acting in self-defense. During jury instructions, Daniel said she must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was battered by her husband."
So her new trial has now been set for the end of July, when the prosecutor is going to try to TRIPLE her sentence! This is especially outrageous when you consider…
"The Alexander case inspired the so-called ‘warning-shot’ bill that will be part of the Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday. The proposal, which is expected to pass, would create an exception to the 10-20-life law and prohibit those who fire a warning shot from getting 20 years in prison."
Here’s a statement from the @FreeMarissaNow campaign: http://freemarissanow.tumblr.com/post/78263900524/statement-to-the-press-march-1-2014-from
Plus their website:
WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) is calling for a national day of action on March 8th. So check in with your local chapter to see what they have planned or DIY!