Marissa Alexander released from prison after agreeing to plea deal

Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who made national headlines after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to fend off her abusive husband, is now a free woman. Alexander was released Tuesday, Jan. 27 via a plea deal that confined her sentence to the three years she had already served. Initially, […]

Marrisa Alexander facing 60 years in retrial

It seemed that justice had finally been served for Florida mom Marissa Alexander, who was facing a 20-year prison sentence for defending herself against her abusive husband. In September of 2013, a Florida appellate court overturned her conviction of aggravated assault stating in part that “jury instructions unfairly made Alexander prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” […]

Marissa Alexander denied use of ‘stand your ground’ at retrial

Marissa Alexander is a Florida mother who made national news around the same time as George Zimmerman. But her case received special attention because she was, by all accounts, an abused woman. Alexander had given birth nine days before she shot at her abusive husband, Rico Gray, who had accused her of being unfaithful and […]

Transgender activist Janet Mock challenges ‘stand your ground’ law

Transgender activist Janet Mock has, of course, been all over the news over the past year for her impassioned fight for transgender awareness and rights. But during a recent stop on “HuffPost Live,” Mock tackled the issue of the “stand-your-ground” law and criticized the way in which it unfairly targets black and brown women. Mock […]

Marissa Alexander and ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

There has been a new development in the Marissa Alexander case and the application of the Stand Your Ground defense. The court is being asked to reconsider a new trial because critical evidence was not submitted to the judge for his consideration. The evidence in question concerns her ex-husband’s, Rico Gray, prior actions including intimidating […]

L.A. rally held in Marissa Alexander’s honor: International Women’s Day 2014

In keeping with this year’s International Women’s Day theme “Inspiring Change,” WORD L.A. held a rally today at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. decrying the arrest of Marissa Alexander and her forthcoming trial. The Florida mother is African American and a survivor of domestic violence. Under the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, she was sentenced […]

Marissa Alexander now facing 60 years for warning shot at abusive husband

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  — To further illustrate the infuriating incompetency and lunacy coming out of the state prosecutor’s office in Florida, Marissa Alexander is now staring at 60 years in prison for firing the warning shot from her handgun at her abusive husband that injured no one. As you recall, Alexander, 33, was convicted in 2012 on three counts […]

Florida pushing to legalize warning shots; inspired by Marissa Alexander

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers have forged ahead with plans to pass a bill designed to make it unequivocally clear that people can show a gun, or even fire a warning shot, without being penalized with a ridiculously long prison sentence.The legislation, of course, was inspired mostly by the grave injustice the state prosecutors committed against […]

Florida prosecutor wants to send Marissa Alexander back to prison for 20 years

Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, is in real danger of going back to serve the balance of sentence after being granted bail for a new trial. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey filed a motion Monday to revoke Alexander’s […]

Zimmerman memes on Instagram

As the George Zimmerman verdict is still shocking to many throughout the U.S., many people have taken to social media to vent frustrations and opinions regarding the ‘not guilty’ verdict. Now memes are popping up on social media sites reflecting how Zimmerman’s case compares to others and overall feelings that they have toward Zimmerman for […]

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