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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,…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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