In that post, I covered the Stand Your Ground law, Trayvon Martin's death, the denial of Marissa Alexander of a Stand Your Ground defense, and an L.A. Times piece titled, "Marissa Alexander case emerges as symbol after Zimmerman verdict":
Under these laws, it’s in a person's interest to preserve the appearance of self-defense rather than mitigate the violence of his act, Newburn said. In theory, that could lead a person to kill in order to eliminate eyewitnesses.
“Yours is the only story being told if the other person is dead,” Newburn said.
Even a judge’s sentencing discretion expands in cases involving death because manslaughter doesn’t automatically trigger Florida’s “10-20-Life” provision. Newburn said the judge would have had more flexibility in sentencing Alexander if she had killed her husband, rather than shoot into a wall.
I ended the post with, "A young man (Trayvon Martin) is basically convicted of his own murder..." And a young woman in fear for her life is sentenced to twenty years for shooting a wall.
As you can see, controversy and discrimination are not limited to race; gender is right up there, too.
But today, there is new hope for Marissa Alexander, who was clearly overcharged and has already served 16 months of her original sentence. Remember, nobody was hurt. She did not shoot anyone.
A Florida woman will get a new trial after she was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot in the wall during a dispute with her ex-husband.
The 1st District Court of Appeal ordered the retrial after ruling a judge had not properly instructed the jury that convicted Marissa Alexander.
But the appeals court decided the judge properly blocked Alexander from using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law in her defense.
It's mystifying that Alexander still can't use SYG for her defense, but at least she's getting another chance to make her case. Per her attorney, Faith Gay who is speaking on MSNBC's Politics Nation as I write this, Marissa is "ecstatic."