A Real “Stand Your Ground” Case

George Zimmerman committed homicide in killing Trayvon Martin.  The media spun on race, but the jury found the defendant not guilty on reason of self-defense.  But they continue to try to out-talk head each other on a trial that’s over.

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Many say the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  But what about Marissa Alexander, 32, who was given a twenty-year mandatory sentence for shooting a wall in 2010.  That’s it— a warning shot into the wall of her own home to end a violent argument with her abusive husband.  This is that 10-20-Life mandatory sentencing at work, locking up a mother of three.

“In one case Mr. Zimmerman kills a young man and walks away, free to kill again,” said Jesse Jackson.  “And Marissa shot no one, hurt no one, and she’s in jail for 20 years.”  Jackson spoke with Alexander, and with the Florida Times-Union.  (He also had to emphasize race and a supposed tendency to kill, but that’s what Jackson does, not what networks like CNN should be doing.)

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Earlier this year, I compiled a post that mentioned mandatory minimum sentencing, part of how broken our incarceration system is.  With some credit to Steve Cottingham’s (justafterwords – now private) podcasts.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums an organization that has highlighted over the years several cases, including Ronald Thompson (a veteran, warning shots), Erik Weyant (into the air, surrounded by angry men) and Orville Lee Wollard (another person to effectively kill a wall), right off leads with, “Marissa Alexander Case Shows Need to Reform 10-20-Life Law”:

“A lot of attention has been paid to Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and far too little to the state’s extreme, one-size-fits-all sentencing laws,” said FAMM FL Project Director Greg Newburn.  “Florida’s mandatory 10-20-Life gun law force courts to impose arbitrary, unjust and completely inappropriate sentences.  As long as Florida keeps its inflexible gun sentencing laws, we will continue to see cases like Marissa Alexander’s.”

Free Marissa Alexander
(Photo credit: Reuters.)
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