Saturday, April 14, 2012

In The State Of Florida - Marissa Alexander Had A Gun Permit, Stood Her Ground, Did Not Shoot Or Kill Anyone and Faces 20 Years In Prison

Lincoln B. Alexander Jr on behalf of Marissa Alexander
Case No: 2010-CF-8579
Division: CR-G

April 3, 2012

Dear Supporters:

On August 1 2010, my premature baby girl, born nine days earlier, was in the Baptist South N.I.C.U. fighting for her life and I would too be fighting for my life in my own home against an attack from my husband.
My name is Marissa Alexander, I am a mother of three children, but at the present time, I am not able to be with them due to the following circumstances.  I am currently sitting in the Pretrial Detention Facility in Jacksonville FL, Duval County awaiting a sentence for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm.  Before my life changed drastically on that August afternoon, I was in the perilous position of leaving an abusive relationship with my husband who has history of violence and documented domestic abuse towards women.  Our history included one which required me to place an injunction for protection against violence and was active during the month of August 2010.
In an unprovoked jealous rage, my husband violently confronted me while using the restroom.  He assaulted me, shoving, strangling and holding me against my will, preventing me from fleeing all while I begged for him to leave.  After a minute or two of trying to escape, I was able to make it to the garage where my truck was parked, but in my haste to leave I realized my keys were missing.  I tried to open the garage but there was a mechanical failure. I was unable to leave, trapped in the dark with no way out.  For protection against further assault I retrieved my weapon; which is registered and I have a concealed weapon permit.  Trapped, no phone, I entered back into my home to either leave through another exit or obtain my cell phone.
He and my two stepsons were supposed to be exiting the house thru the front door, but he didn’t leave.  Instead he came into the kitchen that leads to the garage and realized I was unable to leave.  Instead of leaving thru the front door where his vehicle was parked outside of the garage, he came into the kitchen by himself.  I was terrified from the first encounter and feared he came to do as he had threatened.  The weapon was in my right hand down by my side and he yelled, “Bitch I will kill you!”, and charged toward me.  In fear and desperate attempt, I lifted my weapon up, turned away and discharged a single shot in the wall up in the ceiling.  As I stood my ground it prevented him from doing what he threatened and he ran out of the home.  Outside of the home, he contacted the police and falsely reported that I shot at him and his sons.  The police arrived and I was taken into custody.
I was devastated and would continue to be for months following the incident.  I had to appear in court all the way up until trial as I plead not guilty and know that I acted in self-defense.  I believe my actions saved my life or prevented further harm, but preserved that of my husband who was completely irrational, extremely violent, and unpredictable that day.
Florida has a self-defense law and it includes the right to stand your ground.  Below are the facts of my concern with the incorrect way the law was applied and ultimately the injustice in my case.
·        The alleged victim, my husband, under sworn statement in November 2010, admitted he was the aggressor, threatened my life and was so enraged he didn’t know what he would do.
·        The alleged victim, my husband, was arrested for domestic violence two times, once for abuse against me.  The attack against me was so violent; I ended up in the hospital.
·        Prior to my arrest, I told the office I was in fear for my life due to the prior violence against me.  I also told the officer there was a domestic injunction in place to protect me against abuse from the alleged victim.  This information was written in detail by the officer in my arrest report, but ignored for some unknown reason.
·        In July of 2011, a hearing was held, where I along with the alleged victims testified as it relates to the stand your ground law and its immunity from prosecution.
·        After the hearing, Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt denied my motion, citing that I could have exited the house thru the master bedroom window, front door, and/or sliding glass back door.  The law specifically states: No duty to retreat.
·        My attorney entered a standing objection on the record to the ruling and we proceeded to trial.
·        During that time, Angela Corey, our State Attorney met with the alleged victims.  I also along with my attorney met with Angela Corey, John Guy, and then prosecutor Christen Luikart.  I justified my actions to them and the truth as I have told it has remained the same.
·        Knowing our prior domestic abuse history, Angela Corey was hard pressed for the minimum mandatory, which provisions allow for prosecution to wave those stipulations.  I was not guilty, nor did I believe that was fair and just under the circumstances.  She also allowed for those same provisions in the State vs. Vonda Parker, same charges different circumstances which did not include self-defense.
·        Florida uses a law commonly known as 10-20-life as a sentencing guideline when a felony takes place with the use of a weapon.  Under this statute, my felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to harm carries a twenty year mandatory sentence.
·        Stand your ground law has been applied in multiple recent incidents, the following is just a couple of incidents.  Carl Kroppman Jr was allowed to use this law to avoid being arrested/charged during a road rage incident on the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville, FL in August of 2011.  Marqualle Woolbright of Ocala, FL avoided murder charges due to the stand your ground law when he shoot and killed someone.
I am a law abiding citizen and I take great pride in my liberty, rights, and privileges as one.  I have vehemently proclaimed my innocence and my actions that day.  The enigma I face since that fateful day I was charged through trial, does the law cover and apply to me too?
A step further and more importantly is in light of recent news, is justice for all include everyone, regardless of gender, race or aristocratic dichotomies.  I simply want my story heard, reviewed and the egregious way in which my case was handled from start to finish serve as an eye opener for all and especially those responsible for upholding judicial affairs.
The threat that day was very real, imminent, and the battery on me occurred minutes before the decision I made to protect myself.  That decision was a last resort, necessary and a reaction to the continued threat on my life.  I am a believer that grace allowed for my response to be carried out in a non-lethal manner.  This prevented the imminent threat and harm a non-fatal tactic, but not against an unknown attacker, rather my very own husband.  That was by far the most difficult position to be in nine days after giving birth to a six week premature infant.  My heart goes out for my two stepsons and always has had a hurt and sincere empathy for them being subjected innocently to that trauma.

The law states that I was justified in standing my ground and meeting force with force up to including deadly force, but political views and concerns states otherwise in the 4th circuit court.
So my last questions and valid concerns are what was I supposed to do that day and the stand your ground law who is it for?

Sincerely,
Lincoln B. Alexander Jr on behalf of Marissa Alexander

155 comments:

  1. Wow!!!!!!!!! That is truly FUCKED UP!!!!! Im telling it like it is and i dont know what i would do if i were in your shoes¿¿!!! Bein away from my babies and to be in that situation......your GOOD!!! I WOULD'VE POPPED THAT ASS! And you might as well had of if you getting 20 fucking years like your a murder!!!! UUUHHH!!!! THIS SHIT PISSES ME OFF THAT OUR"SO-CALLED" TRUSTED LEADERS ARE NOT REALIST AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIER CONTROL OVER PEOPLE'S LIVES!!!!!! FUCK THAT!!!! FIGHT UNTIL THE...END!!!

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    1. I FEEL LIKE U AND AGREE BECAUSE I WOULD OF POPPED HIS ASS SINCE THEY WANNA GIVE TIME LIKE DAT FOR SHOOTN IN DA AIR

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    2. Are you speaking ENGLISH? From what i've seen (& read) re; the background to this case, she appears guilty & the jury who heard all the evidence thought so too, only taking 12Minutes to reach their verdict. I do agree that 20Yrs is an extreme sentence & personally would have gone with 5Max'. She does have previous convictions for domestic abuse though, (as does the husband).

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  2. Sorry for the language but.....DAMN!!!!!!! :-(

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    1. Two things, raise the awareness by spreading the information to anyone. Second, send emails or make phone calls to Florida Senator Audrey Gibson gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov, (904) 359-2553 or Representative Corrine Brown (904) 354-1652. We are arranging to hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. A time hasn't been confirmed yet.

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    2. You need a Change Petition!! Or do you have one I would like the link to it!!!

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    3. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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    4. In sending an email, what would be the proper thing to state?

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  4. This has to stop justice must b heard wat is the state doing to stop the violence nothing,so we as humans must,stand our grounds to save our lifes..... I am here to,help in every way

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    1. Right now, we are only asking for people to raise the awareness by spreading the information to anyone. Second, send emails or make phone calls to Florida Senator Audrey Gibson gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov, (904) 359-2553 or Representative Corrine Brown (904) 354-1652.

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    2. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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    3. Ms. Alexander.....Be encouraged....this is just another trial in your life through the wilderness. But I can assure you with all faith this situation is going to be resolved in your favor. I know this affair has been hardship on you emotionally but God is going to deliver you through this storm. You pray...you pray...and then you will see God work a miracle. Believe it!!!!! God Bless.

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    4. Dear D. Large,

      I can connect with your thoughts and believe also that she will be delivered. Albeit, I believe that God's miracle is you, me, and a 10 million more people standing outside of congress on Marissa's behalf. We are the storm that cometh'.

      Let the will of God and the Universe be done in our task. Let our shining numbers be the light that blinds the spiritually dead into submission. Let our collective spirit answer those in need as we hasten their rescue, lest we equivocate we shall succeed. I will not give heed towards their perjury. I would rather be burnt to ashes in defense of the just, than to give a lie an inch. There shall be no rest until the wickedness is put asunder.

      I will not sit on the sidelines anymore. I can not do that and say what I say.

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  5. Unfortunately we live in a country where restraining orders and such mean nothing until often its too late. My heart goes out to you as a victim of violence myself it seemed like the laws were always on the agressors side. Will write and emai what's being done to you is a great injustice not only to you but your step children they are left with an abuser anx sadly will be come a victim themselves or a carbon copy of their dad I hope you get justce most of all peace oc mind. We shouldn't have go live in fear fof ourselves and for our children . Why isn't he in jail? Good luckMarissa

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  6. Sorry for history _
    I know this situation _
    you can write to me _

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    1. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  7. Hi there,

    I am from London, England and just want you to know that your case is starting to spread. (I got in through reddit.com) Do not lose hope Marissa; you have people on your side who want justice to win the day, not the corrupt system.

    Love, Clifford.

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    1. Hi Clifford,

      Would you please contact me via Facebook (Allan Hill/username: Batai) if you can. I would love to discuss this case with you as I am a suppoter of Marissa's.

      Thank you,
      Allan

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  8. Your story has reached Australia and we are blown away by it. Let's hope common sense wins out in the end.

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  9. so the "stand your ground" law only apply if you are white male ...
    christ! even without the ill-conceived stand your ground law, this is justifiable forced , self defense even without the application of the "stand your ground" law.
    good luck. i will keep you an your child in my thoughts and share your story.

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    1. Heh...I was going to make a similar comment. All these 'get out of jail free' cards are designed somehow to solely apply to white males...seen it firsthand myself on numerous occasions, my heart goes out to you

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    2. Not even just white males. Look at George Zimmerman. He's Hispanic. His case is really fishy and he's claiming "stand your ground." Marissa's case seems clear cut, and she didn't even injure or kill anybody. I don't understand why she's having to go through this.

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    3. but zimmerman is in jail....they decided the stand your ground law didn't apply to him either...this just makes no sense at all!! this woman was in her own home....I just don't know how they sleep at night knowing they are keeping a mother away from her child for protecting herself!!

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    4. Zimmerman's dad was a Judge. Even tho he was from Virginia you know he made connections in the community they moved to in Florida. The only Reason Zimmerman was arrested finally is because of the public outrage. If the media never caught wind of it he would be free to kill again. This case is the total opposite of the Martin/Zimmerman. Zimmerman was charged with domestic battery and charges were dropped and he was allowed to carry a gun ( that alone completely confuses me).This woman had done everything she could via the legal channels and it didn't work. She had no choice but to defend herself. Luckily it did not lead to anyone's death but now she is sitting in jail. Blind justice my ass. Stand your ground only applied to men. There are at least 3 other cases like Marissa's case that I can find and all women were convicted and max sentenced. This is disgusting.

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    5. You can help show you level of support by: I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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    6. No the law applies regardless, it's just one judge that is misapplying it, and we don't know it's racial. What we know is that someone has a judge ignoring the law. This is not at all uncommon. Of course all these people crying racism never asked whether SYG was good for blacks or not. They never asked whether blacks were more likely to need to defend themselves (they are) and whether they therefore benefitted from SYG more. This puts the whole claim that the anti-self-defence left is for blacks in even greater doubt than it usually is.

      That being said, I hope you prevail. Even under the law before SYG this case is iffy. If as you claim he was charging at you when you fired it's really difficult to see how you could have safely retreated if you had to open a door. I don't know the actual distances but they can't be that great. If you could not have safely retreated than SYG is irrelevant, you're in the right anyway.

      I suspect part of the problem might be that the judge and prosecutor thinks you're lying about firing a warning shot and that you shot to disable but missed. Even if true I still say you're in the right, but prosecutors don't like being lied to, although they lie like rugs themselves. Good luck, I hope you get off before having to spend thousands on appeal, but I feel sure you'll get off.

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  10. How could they charge you without any evidence of Gunshot Residue on your hands, expended shell casings or bullet holes if they're claiming that you discharged the weapon within the home? Right there, if you did not discharge the weapon, and the police didn't test for those things, you might be able to use that as an angle. When you were arrested, they should have processed you and the scene for this type of basic evidence. Also it lends to the credibility of the "witnesses" in this case, if they are testifying that you discharged the weapon and the evidence clearly shows that you did not.

    Secondly, if they're just charging you with brandishing a weapon, that hardly seems worthy jailtime, especially if the circumstances are what you say they were.

    If this is truly the whole story, then I'm pulling for you. You should have the right to ward of an attacker.

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    1. She explicitly states she DID discharge the weapon into the wall as a warning shot. Completely justifiable in my book but unfortunately your argument falls flat there...

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    2. I think she made a mistake claiming to have fired a warning shot. Firing to hit would have been justifiable in the circumstances and she loses nothing by being vague about it. She should have said something like "I fired to prevent him advancing.".

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  11. Dear Marissa & Family,

    I've sent an e-mail to Florida Senator Audrey Gibson at gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov and I've posted the message on my Google+ page; http://bit.ly/HRGkEl

    I hope many more folks will get involved!

    Peace & Blessings,
    "Guided by the Ancestors"

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  12. Im starting to believe that this law is for certain people of color.. Stay strong sweetie, your going home to your babies, god is on your side

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  13. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Will write and call, am sharing your story on tumblr. Stay strong and know that justice is on the side of the righteous.

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    1. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  14. Seems like you should have shot him as he charged you, I know it's not the right thing to say but it seems like the best hindsight decision

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  15. I'm sorry this has got to stop. This double standard this country operates in is atrocious. This is the same law that they are trying to use to get George Zimmerman acquitted. I will contact the senator but this story needs to be heard as well and have started a petition calling for 500,000 signatures. Please sign

    https://www.change.org/petitions/free-marissa-alexander#

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    1. thanks for starting the petition!! I've been posting her story wherever I can since I read it this morning so I will add the petition to those posts too!!

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    2. Thanks so much Rebecca... I've been doing the same

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    3. How can we keep track of the number of supports that sign this petition? I would like to use it to send out to my University and other agencies that I have come in contact with. By the way this is Marissa's sister.

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    4. the website automatically keeps track of those who log on and sign... last time I checked there were 580 people who have signed... just give them the website and have the sign and share.

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    5. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  16. Just to let everyone know, especially Florida citizens, that Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt (the judge who denied her motion) is UP FOR REELECTION THIS NOVEMBER. Given the fact that local elections can be so small, even a small turnout can have a large impact on this Judge's career.

    Source: http://judgepedia.org/index.php/Elizabeth_Senterfitt

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  17. This is also the same prosecutor that Rick Scott appointed to the Trayvon Martin case... Something smells fishy round here

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  18. Hi Marissa! Why don't you start a petition? Once you get the target amount of signatures, submit it to the prosecuting office, as well as the presiding judge. I prefer Change.org. but there are others out there. Just a suggestion....

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    1. Please sign the petition

      http://www.change.org/petitions/free-marissa-alexander

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    2. We should stick to ONE petition because if a lot of petitions are started they will just work against each other.A petition requires a certain amount of signatures to be able to be submitted so if people sign a lot of different petitions it will be hard to hit the required amount. Good luck Marissa ,you are among a large amount of people that are being wronged by our unjust judicial system. DO NOT re-elect judge Senterfitt ,keep this case alive!!!

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    3. tonto... this petition was the first started and is calling for 500,000 signatures. Please sign and share.

      thank you

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    4. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  19. If there was ever a scenario to justify "stand your ground" laws, yours is it. I'll be praying that you and your children receive justice. I'm posting the story on Facebook. Stay strong.

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  20. GOD! Will See You Thru This Marissa, Hold On To Your Faith And Keep Your Head Up! Thru The Midst Of The Storm You Did What I Would've Done And You Had EVERY! Right To Defend Yourself But Yet! Instead You Considered If You Could Live With Taking A Persons Life Although You Didn't State That, I Believe You Are Being Used By GOD, And You Will See Changes Take Place Thru This Terrible Unfortunate Situation Know GOD Is In Control Because If Your Husband Don't Realize How Blessed He Was That Dreadful Day He Will Now! Because If It Had Been Anybody Else! He'd Be Pushing Up! Daisies....In The Mean Time I'm Calling And Posting This Story! Angela Corey I Don't Know How You Sleep At Night Is ONE of The Very Reasons I Didn't Vote For Her I Dealt With
    Her In A Case Concerning Myself And A Neighbor And Let's Just Say! I'm Glad I Wasn't The
    Criminal But She Treated Me As If I Was! She's An Ironclad Atty With No! Mercy!!!! Innocent Or
    Guilty! If She Will Send A Child And His Mother To Jail For Life Without Considering The History!
    Guess What! GOD BLESS YOU!

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  21. Absolutely horrible situation.
    Stand your ground aside, what happened to the laws set to protect women in violent relationships? It seems that regardless of the laws, publicity and calls to stop it, it's still the violent person who gets the protection.

    I'm from the UK, so limited, but if I can spread word about this injustice I will. I hope you get back to your baby soon Marissa.

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    1. Please sign the petition

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    2. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  22. Stand your ground law is for whites only. There will be no Justice for Trayvon Marting, or this young lady. Shame.

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  23. I'm totally shocked u know Rissa we go way back from when u were a lil girl I've known u ur mom, ur brother and lil sister and I'm totally blown away if have my support and imma post this story on FB and anywhere else I can stay strong,and let God do His will love and miss u honey

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  24. I publish a gun rights podcast and would be interested in helping spread the word around. If there is someone who would be willing to be interviewed and knows the facts of this case please email me at Paul@politicsandguns.com

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  25. I shared this as well on Google+. I am outraged. Have you thought about creating a petition on change.org's web site? I have signed a few petitions, and I have seen good things come out of the signing. More people need to be aware of this. I hope that you will let us know when the news conference is to be held on Wednesday. My thoughts, prayers, and support are with Marissa and her family!

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    2. News conference will be held at noon.

      I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  26. God be with you Marissa. You did the right thing dont let anyone ever tell you different..I too live in florida I and know how messed up our system is...United we stand! Your not alone.

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    1. I have also sent this link to our governor and white.gov and will continue to do so everyday until somebody steps in and stops things like this from happening. God bless.

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    2. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  27. Have you considered starting a petition at Change.org (http://www.change.org/) or some place like that? It would serve as a tally for those who support Marissa and would give the rep and senator you mentioned some pressure/support.

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  28. I wish I could do more sister. I wrote the senator. Hopefully that helps. Stay strong and faithful.

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  29. I wonder how much money the NRA, directly or indirectly make from this law being in place? And how many of our trusted office officials are bought and sold by the NRA? It's not just a racial issue but making it a racial issue only sure does make it more acceptable in America. I am saddened and disheartened at how hateful people can be. So hateful as to ignore the very laws that are supposed to be enforced. REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU ARE ELECTING YOUR OFFICIALS INTO OFFICE BECAUSE IT COULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MANY LIVES; SUCH AS MARISSA AND TRAYVON. God bless you, Marissa.

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  30. I will also post your information on FB. Have you considered calling The Tom Joyner morning show & tell him about your situation? Maybe he could get this information out over the air waves just as he did for the Treyvon Martin case. God Bless & keep you. He's going to bring you home to your children.

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  31. We appreciate all the love and support from the public. I visit and/or speak with my sister weekly. She is the one who is physically in jail, but continues to give me strength and encouraging words. The time will come when she can help others in a similar situation. I believe we as united people are that driving force that can and will set my sister free. Please everyone sign the petition and have others that you know visit the site and sign the petition as well. The support is beautiful! Let's keep it going.
    Helena

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  32. This situation is unbelievable. I will share the petition on FaceBook & hope we can help get the word out.

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  33. Sounds like you have grounds for an appeal if the judge required you try to escape, which the law explicitly doesn't require. What has your lawyer said about appealing the conviction?

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    1. Good morning. He told us we can appeal her ruling, so we have started asking around for appeal attorneys. We had hoped it wouldn't get that far, but it seems like that is the direction we are headed in.

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  34. Unbelievable! . . .probably would have got less time for shooting him dead!!!
    I sincerely hope you and your kids get through this BS ok
    ...'n nail that bastard to the wall for putting you in that position in the first place THEN lying to the cops and having YOUR arse thrown in jail, when clearly it's HIM who should be stewing in a cell!

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  35. This is insane. You didn't even hurt him. He's the one who should be in jail. And what is up w/the child abuse charge? The baby was in the NICU!!!!!! And even if she hadn't been you would have been protecting her! I think you did the right thing and should be a rolemodel for other battered women. Do you mind if I post this on my blog? And remember, no matter what happens, you did the right thing and should never be ashamed of it. God knows you did the right thing. I sincerely hope your ex gets what he deserves. Praying for you. (((HUGS)))

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  36. This is the type of injustice we all need to stand against. It could happen to anyone. I've sent a dozen or more tweets to people in the media and will do more tonight. I'll also gladly make those phone calls you've mentioned.

    After reading this, it makes me all the more convinced that Angela Corey, while charging George Zimmerman in what I consider a fair charge, is only doing so for the media attention. She doesn't want the negative publicity that will go with this case if she does nothing. However, maybe you can use that to your advantage since she's in the spotlight now by highlighting the discrepancies between her reaction to the Martin Case and your case, Marissa. My prayers are with you.

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  37. I also posted the petition on Twitter with requests for signatures and retweets. If everyone does that, we can fill it up in no time at all.

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  38. Marissa I hate to say this but you should have shot him...The problem your having is Florida law states that you cannot shoot warning shots and by you shooting up into the ceiling thay are probably considering that a warning shot. If you would have shot him you would have probably been okay in doing so. I was taught and trained in Florida when I received my concealed weapons permit that if you pull that handgun out you better shoot to kill otherwise they don't consider that your life was in danger if you shoot off a warning shot or just shoot them in the leg to immobolize them...I will be praying for you and your family..

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  39. So many people struggle with unhappy relationships because they are unhappy within themselves. Lord I ask that you'd keep your hand on him because I know that he isn't who this blog is protraying him to be... I'm speaking from experience... Not based on what someone has told me about him! I dated him for years and never encountered anything such as described in this BLOG "on the suspect's behalf!" The suspect was found guilty by a jury of her "law abiding" peers! The creator of this blog was not there that day!!!!

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  40. Today I received this message through my facebook first of all I want you to know that you are in my prayers as I read im shaking my head once again we live in a country that got the laws all messed up it makes you wonder what do they study in law school keep your head mommy this too shall pass.

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  41. As a young child, I witnessed domestic violence first-hand against my mother and saw the results of it in the bruised, swollen faces of my two aunts. It is outrageous that a woman whose life is clearly in danger from an enraged, irrational spouse or boyfriend would be treated like a criminal while the true criminal is made the victim. This is a sickening situation which in effect is continuing to perpetrate abuse toward Ms. Alexander. Shame on those involved. Who can victims of domestic violence count on as protectors when those who are sworn to protect and serve fail to do so? A conviction of Ms. Alexander in this case would be an egregious miscarriage of justice and a slap in the face to victims of domestic violence everywhere. How many women have to suffer before this issue is taken seriously?

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  42. Would it be a problem if I were to post this on our website to get the word out? This is a very important topic that NEEDS to be addressed.

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    1. Please post the blog and the petition that has been started on change.org. Thank you for your support.

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  43. Please start a Change.org petition and let's get the word out!

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  44. Marissa, I sent Michael Baisden of The Michael Baisden Show an E/M Yesterday and forwarded him the link to your Story asking him to get the word out concerning your story and he received the Message wether it was mine or not doesn't matter but it is posted on his Live Radio Stream 45min ago and the Response is OVERWHELMING!!!! Glory! To God I'm Sure he will be talking about it on the air it on his FB page as well as mines. I'm not Finished Yet! Maybe have your Brother or a Family Spokes Person Contact his Radio Show and Speak on it! He's Speaking! On Domestic Violence Now!

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    1. Way to go Marissa... I sent an email to the NAACP Headquarters offices. Hopefully we can move this injustice in the right direction. There is also a petition on change.org... Please sign and share

      http://www.change.org/petitions/free-marissa-alexander

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    3. I hate to sound like a cynic, but Michael Baisden will only jump on board if he can captialize off of this... like he tried to do with the Jena 6. You are more likely to get true help from Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and from sending the letters of support to the judge.

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  45. A PETITION HAS BEEN STARTED AT CHANGE.ORG CALLING FOR 500,000 SIGNATURES. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    http://www.change.org/petitions/free-marissa-alexander

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    1. CURRENTLY STANDS AT 587 SIGNATURES... PLEASE SUPPORT!!!!

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  46. Hi! Marissa, Your Story will be Discussed on The Michael Baisden Live Radio Broadcast Tomorrow he has been drawing attention to your story throughout his Live Show telling everyone to Blog and Post your story he's been shouting your name all day he is Requesting! Someone such as your Atty etc to Please! Contact him to Help! Tell your Story I know Jvil don't get the Michael Baisden Show but it can be downloaded on the Internet, cell phone, iPad, computer he's a Passionate Outspoken Personality who cares and is Very Poplar even with the PRES of the USA I Pray your able to get this or a Representative on your behalf I'll be listening!

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  47. True if this were a white person in this very same situation, that person would not have even been arrested. The double-standards at play in this country are absolutely atrocious. By the way don't expect this president to get involved. She is not the right color.

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  48. Now, do people still feel our justice system is fair? Now this lady did not kill anyone and she is facing 20 years. This is a dam shame! I will be praying for you and your kids! I hope somebody will help you in this csse it is not fair!

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  49. Anyone can help us right now. I have added a letter template as a new post above. Please use that as we try to show the judge the level of support she has received. I will forward all of the emails to our attorney on Friday noon.

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  50. OMG I am so sorry you had to go through this. I can't stop the tears falling right now cuz not only are u away from your child but you're being detained in jail for "standing your ground" and protecting your life. This is so sick! I will be spreading the word through Facebook and Twitter. Don't lose hope Marissa! One way or the other we will get you out of there. May God be with you and your daughter and I will be praying on your behalf.

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  52. WOW!!!! Lady never think that you didn't do the right thing. You were protecting u, your unborn child and your kids. I was in a relationship with a violent guy. But didnt know that he had a past of it. All we want to do is protect ourselves and family. I am praying that you can get justice. Such a sad story. I will spread the word as well on Twitter, fb, instagram etc. Keep your head up and continue to pray.

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  53. PLEASE GET ALL OF THE FACTS AND DETERMINE WHETHER IT’S A WORTHWHILE CAUSE TO BANDWAGON, OTHERWISE SUFFER LOOKING FOOLISH. I have reviewed the docket for this case including the several domestic violence injunction petitions against both parties, the police reports, the transcript of testimony of the “victim’s” two sons, other filings, along with the verdicts. It’s clear the “victim” was an unsympathetic domestic abuser, but the defendant seems to have issues of her own, which was compounded with an additional charge pending trial (violation of conditions of release with an additional domestic battery charge). It seems the boys’ (her stepsons) testimony contradicted her self defense claims. The father could have coached them but their statement in the initial police report was consistent with the father’s claim. I believe a floor plan layout would help determine whether she had least restrictive means of exiting the hostile situation, although she has no duty to retreat, it may have played a factor in the Stand Your Ground hearing as to the reasonableness of her fear. Alas, the jury must have believed the sons’ version of events which have the parties arguing about the text msg convo w/ her ex-husband from bedroom to the kitchen, defendant slapping and telling the victim, “I can show you better than I can tell you,” then retrieving gun from garage, re-entering the residence and firing into the ceiling before the victim and children ran out of the door. This version of events has the victim moving away from the defendant (not advancing), with his hands up, saying “Please don’t shoot me.” It’s clear the jury bought the victim’s version of events considering they returned the verdict in just 13 minutes!! Unfortunately, she faces a tough minimum mandatory of 20 yrs (I believe) and has no prior criminal background (that I know of). I wonder what her plea offer was prior to trial and if she understood how much she stood to lose from rolling the dice with trial. I get her point that the immunity based on Stand Your Ground has disparate results and is applied unevenly depending on jurisdiction. The problem is the fact finder can choose to believe or disbelieve the facts presented and make credibility determinations of witnesses. Maybe if the firearm was discharged in the presence of the unsympathetic victim alone, there would be more room for mitigation. But when children are placed in the line of fire, a prosecutor’s sympathy for a battered spouse is greatly diminished. I wish her the best on a miracle at 1st DCA b/c despite the verdict, 20 yrs in prison on this verdict is much too stiff…and her newborn shouldn’t have to live without a mother until she’s grown. Very sad indeed and a cautionary tale for all sufferers of domestic violence to seek help, get out, and stay out of abusive relationships! http://www.scribd.com/doc/89763280/Order-Denying-Defendants-Motion-for-Immunity-and-Motion-to-Dismiss

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  54. Wish you had done what you were trained to do, put one right in his chest. I hope they find you innocent. My thoughts are with you and your children.

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  55. Marissa

    Admittedly, I'm not an attorney. If things occurred the way you relate in your letter it seems like even a para-legal should be able to win a trial in your favor. It seems like your rights are being violated by the state! You should be awarded financial and emotional compensation. If the attorney's comments in Mosi Ngozi's post above are more accurate this may be a very challenging case. I wish the best for you.

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  56. i commend your fight.. i too was in a situation after giving birth to my son,in a dispute with my sons father was punched and stomped in the chest as i lay on the floor,as i was defending myself i grabbed the closest thing to me which were my keys and stabbed him in his side rib area.. as he fled the home. i called 911 for help expecting them to track him down and arrest him.. 3 deputy's arrived in 3 different cop cars.i was clearly shaken up, bruised red area on my face. as i gave my report to the officer my sons father surfaced in the driveway. next thing i know the officer comes back into my home handcuffs me and states " i can not tell who the aggressor is " u are now under arrest for domestic violence and attempted bodily harm with a weapon.i had been breast feeding at the time the police had me put down my son i was taken to jail booked and was allowed to bail out the next day do to the help of my parents.. as of today i still have a domestic violence charge on my record... So much for self defense in this "good ol boy" state.. Florida

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  57. Where's Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on this case?

    I really feel for you Marissa, unfortunately you're not the right person for Al or Jesse to get involved in this, because your husband is black too. Al and Jesse only care when a black person is wrong by another race.

    I hope you have a good attorney now and I hope you get Justice soon. I'll be praying for you.

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  58. i;ve posted this on my face book page and asked people to sign the pettition god bless you marissa stay strong young god never fails it might look like he;s not there but trust me he is you will be home soon pressure bursts pipes we used to say back in the days we gon put the pressure on big time i;ve aslo posted a link to justiceformarrissa.blogspot.com so the peeps that dont know this story can read it and help a sister out i don;t even know you but check this out
    WE LOVE YOU MARISSA ALEXANDER
    DONT EVER GIVE UP

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  59. Hi I in Melbourne Australia, i'm african-american/Australian citizen, i have a bad feeling about the whole thing, where is the justice?,.

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  60. Hey, My name is Kevin and I'm from the State of Maryland where we don't have a self defense law. Trying to understand the stand your ground law or even a State that has a self defense law you Marissa Alexander has everything in place to not even been arrested on this charge. A protection order, gun permit, your home. I can't understand why you are behind bars for not killing a person. Keep me posted..kevinjowers@ymail.com

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  61. So much 4 the "stand ur ground" law,huh?

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  62. Damn, they only put Dan White in jail for 7 years, and he didn't even serve that....for killing a San Francisco Mayor,George Moscone, and San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk (see the movie "Milk", fantastic). He gave the 'twinkie defense', damn that was lame! I mean he MURDERED a Mayor and got that little of time! Marissa protected herself FROM A BATTERER and didn't even shoot AT anyone, only up into the ceiling to stop his perpetration! Children or no....and so many women end up dead and dudes just get a slap on the wrist for killing them, states and towns won't even prosecute Domestic Violence or enforce Restraining Orders....guess Patriarchy is alive and well...I think this is another example of putting on trial a woman who would NOT permit herself to be further victimized, to scare the rest of us from fighting back with deadly force if we needed to. Were the children manipulated or not? That is the crux of the question, and hopefully the WHOLE story will come out and truth and justice will be served!

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  63. Riss... We love you. We won't stop until you are at home with your children. --Janay

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  64. Marissa,
    We haven't spoken in years, but I want you to know that my prayers are with you and your family. I have signed the petition and I will encourage others to do the same. God bless and stay encouraged - (Patricia Pearson)

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  65. Marissa!
    I dont have any relationship with you by religion,race language and nationality,but that doesn't matter, one relationship with a human being with another human being is of humanity,no matter in which corner of the world they live apart from each other, and taking advantage of that i just want to say that have faith in God you will be released soon. I live in Karachi, Pakistan.when i read about your case i thought had my family been living in the STATES we would have gathered people to go on hungar strike along with us till you were released. your husband is a stigma in the name of a "man" .Man lives like a man.Why you are so vulnerable is not unbeknown to your society ,and we know that well too.It is really embarrasing for a man to treat a woman as an obselete item.I'm not very expert in english but atleast i can express my views to some level that anyone can understand.My wife and children want to say you that you are gong to be released soon and when you are free jus allow us to congratulate you.Today i have signed the petition.

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  66. Hey Marrisa,

    Girl I'm praying for you! I'm also going to find out who I can get in touch with so that I can become and activist towards your ordeal.

    Just know that myself and many others are in your corner, and praying for you Daily.

    I'm signing the petition too. Keep Your Head High!
    Antwon Morris Sr.

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  67. In November of 2009 my cousin Regina Alston was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, she had an order of protection against him, a year before that I attended a domestic violence seminar, I heard the most horrific story a young women had been moved around from shelter to shelter but she still was not safe her boyfriend found her and shot her 17 times in front of everyone including their children. My question to the judge is do you have children and if you do you know that it hurts to move around the first week or two depending on how big the baby was or if you had a c section, and if you don't have children now you know. I think the laws need to be changed to protect women. Now the law reads if you have had a relationship with the man its domestic violence, but if he is a stranger you can press charges, tell me whats wrong with this pitcure. Sweetie keep your head up and pray every night it will help you keep your sanity.

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  68. I was once in an abusive relationship with my son's father. I was to afraid to leave him due to him telling me that he would harm my family. I finally put an injunction on him but that didnt do any good b/c he hired a private invesigator saying that he wanted custody of our son. I found it to be very bogus do to due to him being incarcerated half of our son's life and him being a big time drug dealer. By the grace of God, I won the custody battle b/c he didnt show up in court b/c he was afraid of all the questions that were being asked to him. My daughter had to see him beat me and now she is shaken up and also afraid of him. I hate that my kids had to go through this. He beat and kicked me in my stomach when I was 4 months pregnant with our son. I was afraid of him but now I know that nothing formed against me shall prosper. I am praying that you beat this case b/c no one should have to face 20 yrs in prison b/c they were protecting themselves. If he was man enough to put his hands on you, then he should be man enough to get a gun shoved in his face. Men are cowards and love to put their hands on people that cant defend themselves but when the tables turn, they get all shaken up and act as if they are the victim. I say fight until you cant fight anymore with this case. Dont give up and keep praying b/c God knows whats best for you. Here is a lawyer that can probably help you b/c he handle cases like these. His info is: Daniel S. Ceiner 255 N Grove St. Ste. A


    Merritt Island, FL 32953-3487

    Phone: (407) 452-2433 I will keep you in my prayers and I pray that you beat this case and sue them afterwards. God Bless!

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  69. Cruel and Unusual Punishment 8th Amendment. For a mother, a mother who was being abused and threatened for her life, this is very cruel and unusual punishment.

    Equal Protection of the Law 14th Amendment, and Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    The term “miscarriage of justice” applies, in my opinion.

    The Judge needed to investigate mitigating factors and her wellbeing into consideration and not just the wellbeing of the abusive husband.

    The Judge needed to presume innocence, not guilt (basic right of any individual to be presumed innocent.)

    Discrimination because of not being a male – since males are more likely to carry guns, penalties on males probably more lenient.

    The Right to Keep and Bear Arms 2nd Amendment (Bill of Rights)

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    Violation of Civil Rights 42 USC 1983

    Racial discrimination laws – Federal, especially, so it applies USA-wide.

    Would a white male have been treated this way? (Remember, if white males run everything, they might make the laws more fair that apply to white males, and if the law is not applied across the board, it is discrimination.)

    "The Rule of Higher Law" - just because there is a law doesn't make it right by God's law, nor fair by human standard, nor in line with the United States Constitution. The Judge was out of line, in my opinion.

    Look for rights violations - for example, in some people's cases, did Miranda rights get read before arrest (if not, it was illegal).

    With a black President, make certain the Senators and Congressmen and President get written to.

    ACLU. American Civil Liberties Union.

    May God judge those who are trying to victimize Marissa Alexander and may she go home soon and be there for her children so her children won't be endangered for this cruel and unusual punishment.

    - a concerned citizen who is rooting for the freeing of Marissa Alexander, for fair self-defense laws that don't victimize the innocent.

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  70. Cruel and Unusual Punishment - 8th Amendment of the Constitution. For a woman with children who was only trying to protect herself, this constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Compare with other situations on http://www.opd.ohio.gov/RC_Casebook/cruel_and_unusual_punishment.htm.

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  72. That's crazy! How can they deny u of the stand your ground law bcause they say u could've left and you didn't even fire @ him??? Then there's the Zimmerman's case where he continues to follow Trayvon even after the operator clearly tell him not to, and he actually kill a innocent kid....smh This world is sooo fkd up!!! Wow 20yrs 4 killing some drywall....God bless u Marissa and stay strong!

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  73. Domestic abuse is the worst thing that can happen to a woman and hellish for a mother. I know what you feel and I wish you get your freedom soon.

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  76. BREAKING NEWS *** BREAKING NEWS ***BREAKING NEWS *** BREAKING NEWS


    Marissa Alexander, the then 31-year-old mother of three, who went to prison for her belief in herself and in the judicial process of the State of Florida after she fired a “warning shot” in her defense against her estranged husband Rico Gray, was transferred just recently back to the John E. Goode Pretrial Detention Facility (PDF) in Jacksonville for her upcoming appeal, scheduled for March 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM. The address of the facility is: John E. Goode Pretrial Detention Facility (PDF), 500 East Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Convicted by a jury in less than 13 minutes, Marissa was sentenced to the cruelest and unjust mandatory sentence of 20-years for firing the shot that evidently not only her family believes but also millions of other Americans also believe that saved her life into the wall of their home while being attacked by her attacker who swore that ‘if he can’t have her, no one will.’

    Since the information has now been made public we feel secure enough to attach Marissa’s current address below for so those who may want to write to Marissa directly and comfort her with your thoughts, love, grace and compassion that has been expressed in no small amounts here on her support site: https://www.facebook.com/SupportForMarissaAlexander


    Marissa’s temporary address is:

    Marissa D. Alexander, # 2012033887
    500 East Adams St.
    Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Let us all pray and believe that on March 26, 2013 she is able to ride back to her home address where her children dearly need her and 'the man' who stood behind her all this time, Lincoln Alexander.

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  77. I need the Police Reports ... ALL Witness Statements and The Trial Transcript of the Moments before and at the time of the Shot / Shots. The ACTUAL REPORTS and the ACTUAL Transcripts Please. Just of the Time immediately surrounding the Shot/ s Thank You

    J. Witham jurisnot@gmail.com

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  78. My Prayers are with you and your family!

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  79. I am so saddened ny this situation, my prayers are definately with you and your family, is there anything I can do?????

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  80. From Pastor Edith J Patterson-Payne
    To Sister Marissa
    This is such a horrible truth. Being beaten and abused with no one to come to your aid is wrong. We must come together to get Marissa freed and her abuser put behind bars forever. I am praying much for you and will put you on our Prayer List at Church. Just let us know what more we can do? Remain encouraged. With God on on our side it is more than enough. I am also praying much for your precious children. You will be back with them vey very soon.
    Prayerfully,
    Pastor Payne

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