Marissa Alexander, the African-American mother from Florida serving a 20-year sentence for self-defense, will had a status hearing today. In case you’re not familiar with her case, Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to stop an attack by her abusive husband — but was not allowed to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to support her defense. … [Read more]
We’ve watched, over these months, as the racists and gun-toters scurry to provide cover for George Zimmerman (and, in case you’re living in a plastic bubble, he’s the Florida
murderous vigilante neighborhood watch volunteer who pursued, shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old black kid named Trayvon Martin, was charged with 2nd degree murder, and is now claiming self-defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law), and the clamor has certainly allowed the leopard to show its spots. … [Read more]
I’d like to ask these cops in Florida who arrested Marissa Alexander, the prosecutor who charged abuse victim Marissa Alexander, the judge who denied Marissa Alexander the right to use “Stand Your Ground” as a defense, the jury of three men and three women who convicted Marissa Alexander of aggravated assault after 12 minutes of deliberation, the judge who sentenced Marissa Alexander to 20 years in prison for assaulting a wall, and the judge who recently denied abuse victim Marissa Alexander a new trial, if they know what it’s like to dodge and duck and flee from an abusive male partner, … [Read more]
This week marked another week of progress…and regress. A very young man, Trayvon Martin, died a month ago and the man who shot him is still walking around quite free. Regression.
Many of us are watching to see what happens, especially since it is quite clear that law enforcement didn’t do its job; will there be justice or… just us?… [Read more]