In light of all that’s transpired since her original case, I don’t see how any rational jury will convict Alexander and sentence her to 60 years. In all the analysis and stuff related to this case, I have not heard one pundit, reporter, or anybody else question what effect this whole circus has on the children involved. If this involved zygotes, Florida would be up in arms about what effect it had on the unborn, but not a damn peep about the living, breathing kids involved.
Unfortunately, there’s bad news for Marissa Alexander.
A Florida judge has denied Marissa Alexander a new self-defense hearing, finding that the recent addition of a “warning shot” provision to the state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law could not be applied retroactively, according to a report from Salon:
The law allows a person to fire without retreat if they have a “reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself.” Alexander, a survivor of domestic violence who says she fired a warning shot at a wall to fend off her abusive husband Rico Gray after he threatened to kill her, was denied immunity in her first hearing. She was later convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.
As Irin Carmon at MSNBC points out, Alexander’s lawyers argued that evidence not previously introduced —…
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