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Florida Woman Gets 60 Years While Stand-Your-Ground Zimmerman Walks Free

Society & Culture  (tags: Florida, Stand your ground, Alexander, Zimmerman, domestic violence, new trial, crime, ethics, law, police, rights )

- 1515 days ago -
It is so not fair! She stood her ground, just like George Zimmerman of Stand-Your-Ground ... law fame. And both live in Florida. So why is Marissa Alexander looking down the barrel of 60 years in prison when her situation was the same as Zimmerman's?


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Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 7:41 pm
Justice is supposed to be blind . . . but only if you are not black I guess. In addition, it seems that Alexander is trying to make a name for himself. He will "Argue that the mandatory sentencing invoked in the case is a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment,...". But the question is why isn't he addressing a 'Stand Your Ground' defence?

Patrick Donovan (344)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 7:41 pm
This is just one more example of how racist this country continues to be.

Animae C (506)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 8:18 pm

B Lewenza (76)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 8:19 pm
Noted Crazy, crazy totally absurd since when is the victim thrown in jail and found guilty to a 20 year sentence? Her husband was beating her illegal he should have been charged, she shoots a warning shot not hurting anyone and she is in jail for finally standing her ground to stop him from beating on her. Either she needs a new lawyer or this is a case of total discrimination. There is no way that someone who was trying to protect herself should be in jail. Where is the justice in that?

Richard S (209)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 8:42 pm
As we understand it, the initial sentence was reversed and the case is awaiting retrial where the prosecution is going to ask for 60 years. If this is accurate, let's withhold judgment on everyone except the prosecutor who should be ashamed..

Freya H (358)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 8:51 pm
We keep getting wake-up calls to get off our duffs and raise hell against the latent racism - and other bigotry - in this country. But our collective ADD causes us to let celebrity gossip, sports, stupid movies, et cetera to draw our attention away from the problems facing us. We need to ignore all the static that the corporate-controlled media farts out and focus on turning this country back in the right direction.

Carol P (46)
Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:37 pm
Comparing any case to the Zimmerman case is futile.

P A (117)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 1:24 am
This is insane, unjust, and utterly deplorable!

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 2:04 am
Could it be...racism?

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 8:38 am
I remember this case+poor woman unjustly crucified very well. Racism never died--it's seems to be thriving once again affecting all groups. There was a petition awhile back with thousands of sigs 4 her release--guess it did nothing. Hopefully she can appeal again. Thanks Lynn

Athena F (131)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:33 am
Outrageous. Yet more proof our gun "laws" are insane.

. (0)
Monday July 28, 2014, 7:32 am
This case should not be compared to George Zimmerman. It is a tactic to draw attention to the case. Which, by the way, probably has a lot more going on than is been made public. Also, when you do wrong, it doesn't matter what "color" you are. I am so sick of everyone yelling "Racism" all the time.

Kathleen Mireault (210)
Monday July 28, 2014, 3:14 pm
Noted. Thanks, Lynn. That's Floridian justice for assinine "ism" ruling after another. The Prosecuting Attorney and the "defendant's" so-called Defense Attorney should be facing inquiries from the Bar. Utterly despicable! I am so sick of having to yell "racism" all too frequently! It's 2014, not the sixties!

pam w (139)
Monday July 28, 2014, 3:28 pm
What? She was supposed to just relax and enjoy the abuse?

David K (2)
Monday July 28, 2014, 7:48 pm
Florida, Texas, et al. Let them secede. This way all the racist rednecks (republicans) can shoot each other and leave the rest of us alone. I mean really, they want to live in another time, in some make-believe fantasy land, let them have their own crazy country. And we'll have our little crazy country ; )

. (0)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 5:09 pm
She is a woman,and she is black.If Travon Martin had been the one to fatally shoot george zimmerman,he would have already been executed.

Catrin S (46)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 8:20 pm
What was she supposed to do ? Do nothing and "enjoy" the abuse ? How much is a person supposed to take ? Florida ( where i reside ) is about as backwards and messed up as it can get , but then you only have to look as far as our governor to see why that is so .

Lady Suki (446)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 3:44 pm
Well let's just be honest here.

This woman is clearly an African American or at the very least "darker" than Zimmerman. (The sissy. I firmly believe that Mr. BigShot will end up in jail one of these days. He thinks he can get away with anything and so far he's been right.)

I don't like to shout racism. I like to think I"m not paranoid. But I really think that if Zimmerman was Black and Martin was White, the case would have went the other way. I also think that for this poor woman.


End of rant.

Lady Suki (446)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 3:45 pm
You can agree or disagree. But that is just how I see it.

Liliana Garcia (201)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 6:58 pm
It boils down to racism and getting into circular arguments just takes the steam off. People will have to organize some kind of non partisan political force big enough to stand up to this and turn things around.

Liliana Garcia (201)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 7:04 pm
BTW, the stand your ground defense means you have a "ground" to stand on. Are black women "groundless" in Florida? It looks so to me. The law was meant as a vehicle for racial profiling so in this case it's not invoked because it was never meant to include so called minorities. Her lawyer should resign. Good luck to Marissa.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 8:52 pm
"Her charge? Firing a warning shot in the general direction of her estranged husband..."

Women often face jail time when defending themselves against abusive husbands.

Agree with Ashley heffner, certainly it would not surprise me if Zimmerman ended up in jail one day in the future.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 9:38 am
Richard is correct, we did get her a new trial, but the prosecutor is the same and still wants 60 years. This case is really not like Zimmerman, who was guilty, while she is innocent - her estranged husband himself has testified that she did not fire at him (but that he would have deserved it if she had).

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 6:39 pm
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