Tag Archives: Florida

Marissa Alexander’s Plight; State Attorney’s Egregious Agenda

17 Oct

marissa alexanderFirstly, I’m embarrassed that it has taken me this long to blog about the plight of Marissa Alexander, but I hope you are following this case. It is, sadly, yet another shameful “WTF?!” moment of institutionalized racial bias in the Florida criminal justice system–my home state.

This time, the victim isn’t a young black male shot dead by a prejudice cop, but rather a victim of domestic violence who’d recently given birth. A black mother who fired a warning shot in an effort to get her abusive husband out of their home. Had she killed him, she’d likely have gotten off thanks to the controversial Stand Your Ground law (read: all too convenient loophole for bigots acting out their ethnic cleansing fantasies). However, her intention was not to kill, but to save a life—her own and/or her husbands.

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey isn’t about that life though. After Alexander refused to accept a guilty plea bargain, maintaining her innocence, Corey successfully prosecuted the victim, and slapped her in the face with a 20-year prison sentence. For black people in Florida reading behind the lines, her message to them appears to be clearly “kill or be killed— or waste away in a prison.” National outcry and protests helped overturn Alexander’s 2012 conviction in September of 2013, although it was officially reported as a case of “jury misinformation.” You’d think the overzealous State Attorney would drop the case after all the national backlash; after all, Alexander is a survivor of domestic violence who was defending herself and no one was hurt.  But nah. Now, a new trial is underway and Ms. Corey is pushing for a 60-year sentence! What’s her agenda here?

Daily Kos reported today that five women have stepped forward as witnesses and victims of Marissa Alexander’s husband’s history of domestic violence. Their show of support will hopefully be the nail in the coffin of this charade of justice, but we will have to stay tuned and stay vigilant.

I echo the thoughts of Daily Kos writer Leslie Salzillo here, and hope you follow her keen reporting on this trial as she’s been a diligent watchdog from the beginning:

“I also hope to see a renewed national discourse, not only about victims of domestic violence, but also about those who survive the abuse defending themselves, and are then prosecuted. Many victims of domestic abuse are taken from their children, incarcerated, and left to rot in prison.”

Read more details of this case here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/17/1337149/-5-More-Women-Accuse-Marissa-Alexander-s-Abusive-Husband-Of-Extreme-Brutality

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If someone’s music is too loud, Florida law says ‘kill them’??

28 Nov

FCN via NY Daily News

Florida man shoots and kills 17-year-old teen after argument over loud music at gas station

Michael Dunn, 45, shot and killed teen 17-year-old Jordan Davis in Jacksonville on Friday, cops said. The shooting happened after an argument over loud music at a gas station. His lawyer said he acted in self-defense, drawing comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case. I really hope that Floridians are actively campaigning against the “stand your ground” law….it puts the burden of proof on the DEAD party….so all you have to do is say you felt threatened (whether they had a weapon or not) and you may be given legal sanction to execute someone in cold blood.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-shoots-teen-loud-music-article-1.1209345#ixzz2DXueq0R5

 

Soledad O’Brien’s ‘Beyond Trayvon’ CNN Special Hits At The Core Of Martin Case

31 Mar

We love Soledad. This was a very smart dissection of an all too familiar deadly case of American bigotry.

Trayvon Martin

After almost two weeks as a national news story, the Trayvon Martin case has elevated many tempers and flared up more than a few political wars– so yesterday’s Beyond Trayvon special on CNN, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, was a welcome change of pace to the story. Rather than the brief and punchy 5-minute debates on other networks over the story or its politicization, or the extended humiliations of weak witnesses and lawyers (and sometimes empty chairs) that characterized the week, O’Brien and her panel took an hour to debate the cultural impact of every detail, the place the story has in our national historical narrative, and what exactly led so many to care so deeply about the Florida teen and the fate of his shooter.

See more here at Mediaite.com.