Emotions are still high about the Trayvon Martin case and it’s verdict; as a result tons of people took to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to express their views on the not guilty verdict. And let me make it clear, I’m not here to argue any point of view, but I’m here to point out one major flaw in the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. Marissa Alexander from Jacksonville, Fl stood her ground against her abusive husband by firing one warning shot into the air, and received 20 years in prison. Marissa Alexander’s case should have been an open and shut case, no one was killed, but obviously the ‘Stand Your Ground‘ law in this situation was total hypocrisy.
Marissa was a victim of domestic violence on a regular basis from her husband, and as usual her husband was the aggressor that day when she fired the warning shot through the wall and into the ceiling. The warning shot saved her life that day, but cost her 20 years in prison. Marissa did the right thing and stood her ground, so what went wrong with the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in this situation?
Marissa was offered a plea bargain by State Attorney Angela Corey, and which would have required her to serve a three-year mandatory minimum sentence. However, because Marissa felt she was acting in self-defense she turned down the offer. Angela Corey the prosecutor in Marissa Alexander’s case didn’t take into consideration that Marissa had a court injunction against her husband, had been given birth 9 days prior to the incident, and was trained to use a weapon and earned a concealed weapons permit.
If Angela Corey’s name sounds familiar, she is the same State Attorney in the Trayvon Martin case. With that being said, why did she throw the book at Marissa for standing her ground in self-defense? Clearly, Marissa Alexander is an innocent woman that poses no threat to the general public. She did what anyone in that situation should have done; fire a warning shot.
The State of Florida has a 10-20-Life law in which during a crime individuals get a mandatory minimum sentencing of 10 years if they pull a gun, 20 years if they fire a gun, and 25 to Life if someone gets shot. And it’s this same 10-20-Life law that was used to convict Marissa Alexander, but why would they use the 10-20-Life law in a self-defense case, and not allow ‘stand your ground‘ law to be applied instead? Furthermore, if Florida has this 10-20-Life gun law, this should have been applied to the George Zimmerman trial as well. If laws are created it should apply to everyone; without an exception to the rule.
What can be gathered from this situation is that the ‘stand your ground‘ law, and the 10-20-Life law in Florida obviously contradict each other. In a self defense situation, either one can be used, so how do we determine which one to apply? It’s unfair to say that one case can apply the ‘stand your ground‘ law, and in another case of self-defense it can’t. In proceedings we can send an innocent person to prison, and allow the guilty to walk, just based on whichever law prosecutors decide to enforce. Evidently, there’s a sense of hypocrisy and injustice here, and an innocent woman sits in prison.
Unlike the George Zimmerman trial, Marissa’s case didn’t receive much media attention, and that’s why I’m bringing it up to draw attention to her story so we can come together to take action to support her. I encourage you to make a difference and take a stand for the innocence. You can help by visiting the Justice for Marissa site, and sign the petition at the bottom in the footer, and donate to her Legal Defense fund via PayPal in the sidebar on the right-hand side. The petition has collected a little over 17,000 signatures so far, and needs support from You! The petition is to help garner support to appeal her conviction. Be sure to sign the petition, and donate to the legal defense fund, as well as share this post with your friends and family, repost on social media sites, and encourage others to support the cause. For a change, let’s take a stand and rally together for this significant cause, and bring justice for Marissa Alexander.
What do you think of Marissa Alexander’s injustice? What are your thoughts on the contradicting laws of ‘Stand Your Ground‘ and ‘10-20-Life’? Express your thoughts, and join the conversation by leaving a comment below. Share this post if you found it thought provoking, or helpful to you.
Shawna Kay ( Blissed Out Belle )
Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Passionista, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .