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AFRICANGLOBE - Marissa Alexander is free from jail in time to spend Thanksgiving with family she has not seen for much of the last three years. The Florida woman – who had been serving a 20-year sentence for firing what she described as a warning shot at her alleged abusive husband – was released from jail Wednesday night, according to a report from First Coast News. Her bond was set at $200,009.
AFRICAGLOBE - Marissa Alexander’s motion for bail was left undecided today, when the Judge responsible for the decision decided to delay further action on the matter until January 15, 2014. Alexander’s attorney had made a request for bail in anticipation of her re-trial on charges of aggravated assault, using a firearm, against her estranged husband.
Stand Your Ground laws are less accommodating of Black defendants. Such was the case of successful African-American businessman John McNeil who was found guilty of aggravated assault and felony murder in Georgia in 2006 in connection with the fatal shooting of White contractor who threatened him in front his son.
AFRICANGLOBE - No one was hurt or killed when 31-year-old Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot into the air in Aug. 1, 2010. But she remains in a Florida prison after being sentenced to 20 years on July 12, 2012 for a conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
AFRICANGLOBE - There is no reason why Marissa Alexander should spend the next 20 years in prison. If you are the most hardened law-and-order person in the world, even you should have some compassion for Alexander, the Jacksonville, Florida, woman who has been struck by the ridiculous Florida law known as 10-20-life.
A judge has denied a new trial for a Florida woman who has gained national support for her assertion that she stood her ground firing a...
AFRICANGLOBE - Unfortunately, “Stand Your Ground” doesn’t work nearly as well to protect abused Black women — just vigilante neighborhood watch captains with violent criminal records.