A little bit of good news on this Thanksgiving Day. Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, has been released on bond. She is now under house arrest as she awaits a new trial. Her pre-trial release comes with conditions, which include:
- Remain under the supervision of the pretrial services program at all times
- Subject to electronic monitoring through the CTC at all times
- Remain on home detention until completion of her case and will be allowed to leave her residence except for court appearances, medical emergencies and to satisfy any requirements of PSP or the CTC Keep reading »
In what is sure to cause at least some controversy, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released this PSA in protest of the various “Stand Your Gun” laws around the country, reenacting the night Trayvon Martin was killed. In the video, we see a man (representing Zimmerman) following a young black man (representing Martin) walking down a dark street, while the sound of Zimmerman’s real 911 call plays. There are gunshots, and then the sound of the 911 call from a neighbor reporting the shooting. Instead of just seeing one body lying on the grass, there are multiple, all wearing hoodies. The PSA is sure to have its critics, particularly because Zimmerman’s attorneys did not use Stand Your Ground as his defense — they stuck to regular ol’ self defense. (However, it is worth noting that the judge’s instructions to the jury in the case made it clear that they needed to consider whether Zimmerman was within his rights to “stand his ground” the night he shot Martin, and one juror told Anderson Cooper that “stand your ground” was one reason why the jury didn’t convict.) What do you think of the PSA? Is it successful? [YouTube]
A Florida woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for firing a warning shot — note: not actually injuring anyone — at her abusive husband.
Marissa Alexander, 31, said that in August 2010, her now ex-husband Rico Gray read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became enraged, strangled her and threatened her life. When Alexander broke free, she tried to run out of the house but couldn’t get out of the garage; so she grabbed a gun from the garage and fired it into the air to attempt to scare Gray off.
No one was injured, but the “warning shot” hit a wall near where his two kids were standing. As such, she was charged and found guilty by a jury of three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, which carries a 20-year sentence. Keep reading »