20 years for firing a warning shot

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    20 years for firing a warning shot

    No really, and it's worse than that.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/justice/florida-stand-ground-sentencing/index.html

    Saying he had no discretion under state law, a judge sentenced a Jacksonville, Florida, woman to 20 years in prison Friday for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband.

    Marissa Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to derail the prosecution, but a jury in March convicted her of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation.

    The case, which was prosecuted by the same state attorney who is handling the Trayvon Martin case, has gained the attention of civil rights leaders who say the African-American woman was persecuted because of her race.


    Unbelievable.


     
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    Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot

    In Response to 20 years for firing a warning shot:
    [QUOTE]No really, and it's worse than that. http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/justice/florida-stand-ground-sentencing/index.html Saying he had no discretion under state law, a judge sentenced a Jacksonville, Florida, woman to 20 years in prison Friday for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband . Marissa Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to derail the prosecution, but a jury in March convicted her of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation. The case, which was prosecuted by the same state attorney who is handling the Trayvon Martin case , has gained the attention of civil rights leaders who say the African-American woman was persecuted because of her race. Unbelievable.
    Posted by StalkingButler[/QUOTE]

    SHe is lucky the bullet didnt go though the wall and kill someone on the other side.
     
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    Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot

    The people that are calling racism here are wrong. Anyone who found themselves in a similar situation in this county would be in deep trouble.

    The real problem here is one of an over-reaching government that promotes the successful prosecution of a bad law over this woman's right to self-defense.  This is not the violation of this person's rights due to the color of her skin, it's a violation of all of our rights and this woman is just the latest victim of an uncaring bureaucracy.

    The irony here is that (no doubt) many of the people calling this verdict racist were probably supporters of the law, or at least the politicians that voted for the law, that has condemned this woman to 20 years of captivity.

    President Obama should use his power of clemency to free this woman immediately.



     
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    Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot

    SYG laws have one thing about them, you need to be in real danger at the time.

    She was alone in the garage, she could have easly left, she went back inside.  That is the main issue I see from this case.
     
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    Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot

    In Response to Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot : And from the persepctive of self-defense law, one usually runs into trouble if one has fled a confrontation only to return to it. Even if one was the initial victim. The article said she went into the garage, but forgot her car keys, so she went back inside, despite having feet/legs with which to run away if she was in imminent danger.
    Posted by WhatDoYouWantNow[/QUOTE]

    Put yourself in her shoes. How far away do you think she could get without her car? No doubt that her internal calculus told her that without a car she was dead meat and she was probably right.

    So she used her weapon in such a way as to insure that neither she nor her batterer had to be injured. Rather than put her away for 20 years she should have been congratulated for restraint and clear thinking.

    But that's not going to happen because she violated a PC sacred cow by exercising her 2nd amendment right to self-defense and that, my friends, is unforgivable.






     
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    Re: 20 years for firing a warning shot

    Under Florida law she would have been better off shooting the husband. 
     
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