Zimmerman verdicts puts Marissa Alexander case back in the spotlight

 

Late Saturday evening, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The issue of self-defense played a central role in Zimmerman’s not guilty plea and his defense’s argument against the second-degree murder charges, and his acquittal is drawing comparisons in the media to the verdict of another high-profile Florida shooting incident: the case of Marissa Alexander.

Alexander, an African-American Florida woman, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 for shooting what she described as warning shots into a wall during a confrontation with her husband.

Alexander’s lawyers claimed self-defense in the case, and said her husband had a history of abuse in their relationship. They invoked Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which gives people the right to use lethal force if they feel their life is threatened. The jury ultimately sided with prosecutors in deciding Alexander’s actions were not in self-defense, WJXT reported.

Her sentencing fell under the guidelines of what’s known in Florida as the “10-20-Life” law, which set certain mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a firearm.

The law enacted in 1999 requires that any crime committed with a gun earns the perpetrator a minimum ten year sentence, as the Florida Department of Corrections explains. If the firearm is discharged, the convicted will receive a 20-year minimum sentence, and if shots fired from the gun injure or kill anyone, the minimum sentence is 25-years to life.

Late Saturday evening, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The issue of self-defense played a central role in Zimmerman’s not guilty plea and his defense’s argument against the second-degree murder charges, and his acquittal is drawing comparisons in the media to the verdict of another high-profile Florida shooting incident: the case of Marissa Alexander.

Alexander, an African-American Florida woman, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 for shooting what she described as warning shots into a wall during a confrontation with her husband. Alexander’s lawyers claimed self-defense in the case, and said her husband had a history of abuse in their relationship. They invoked Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which gives people the right to use lethal force if they feel their life is threatened. The jury ultimately sided with prosecutors in deciding Alexander’s actions were not in self-defense, WJXT reported.

Her sentencing fell under the guidelines of what’s known in Florida as the “10-20-Life” law, which set certain mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a firearm. The law enacted in 1999 requires that any crime committed with a gun earns the perpetrator a minimum ten year sentence, as the Florida Department of Corrections explains. If the firearm is discharged, the convicted will receive a 20-year minimum sentence, and if shots fired from the gun injure or kill anyone, the minimum sentence is 25-years to life.

Angela Corey, who oversaw the prosecution of Zimmerman, also tried the case against Alexander, and defended the sentencing at the time.

“When she [Alexander] discharges a firearm in the direction of human beings, the legislature says it’s dangerous,” Corey said, according to the Florida Times-Union. “And one of the reasons is because the bullet went through the wall where one of the children was standing. It happened to deflect up into the ceiling, but if it had deflected down it could have hit one of the children.”

Editor’s note: George Zimmerman has sued NBC Universal for defamation. The company strongly denies the allegation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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This case, as countless others, is proof of the jim crown system of justice that permeates the south where Black defendants are concerned.  What this really is, is evidence of how racists obtain positions of authority, particularly in the courtrooms, on the bench, in police departments and throughout America's criminal justice system primarily to continue the southern jim crow system that is only "technically" been outlawed and only been outlawed on paper.  It is no more and no less than a continuation of southern, jim crow era, "Convict Leasing" charges and sentencing.  Cruel and Unusual Punishment is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, therefore, any law that allows or requires or exacts CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT, is also UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  THIS WOMAN SHOULD BE SET FREE!  SHE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN SENTENCED TO SUCH A CRUEL AND UNUSUAL AND RACIALLY BIASED AND DISCRIMINATORY SENTENCE IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND THE JUDGE THAT SENTENCED HER SHOULD BE MADE TO STEP DOWN, PERMANENTLY FROM THE BENCH AND BARRED FROM ANY OTHER BENCH IN AMERICA.

Eric Holder: Trayvon Martin death ‘unnecessary shooting’

 

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Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Delta Sigma Thetas Social Action luncheon, part of the sorority's 51st National Convention in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the killing of Trayvon Martin was a “tragic, unnecessary shooting” and that the 17-year-old’s death provides an opportunity for the nation to speak honestly about complicated and emotionally charged issues.

In his first comments since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Martin case, the attorney general said that Martin’s parents have suffered a pain that no parent should have to endure. He said the nation must not forgo an opportunity toward better understanding of one another.

On Sunday, the Justice Department said it is reviewing evidence in the case to determine whether criminal civil rights charges are warranted.

The Justice Department opened an investigation into Martin’s death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.

Holder said, “We are … mindful of the pain felt by our nation surrounding the tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year.”

“I want to assure you” that the Justice Department” will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law,” said Holder.

“Independent of the legal determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised,” Holder said in remarks to the 51st national convention of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

“We must not — as we have too often in the past — let this opportunity pass,” he said.

The Justice Department says the criminal section of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, the FBI and federal prosecutors in Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, plus evidence and testimony from the state trial.

The NAACP and others are calling on the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman. Thousands of demonstrators from across the country protested the jury’s decision to clear Zimmerman in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager.

Also on Monday, the White House says President Barack Obama won’t involve himself in the Justice Department decision on whether to pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman. White House spokesman Jay Carney said it would be inappropriate for Obama to express an opinion on how the department deals with Zimmerman.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

  It's ON and crackin.....ain't no stopping us now.  We're ON the move.  And this time with MOST of America-that's ALL we need.   Change is acoming cuz it ain't OVER yet.  BTW:  I read EVERY post in both those links above my sista.  Which is testimony to me that Zimmerman will STILL  have to answer.  Yep...that's right.  He will STILL have to answer and this is history in the making that will soon tell every child[and person] that his/her life DOES matter in America.  But!

Seeing as to how Africans in America have garnered no respect since we've been in this country for the past 500 years and have suffered all kinds of brutality while living here, what would happen if 43 million Africans in America decided to take all our qualms to the WORLD COURT??  Think we'd get some respect then???? 

Originally Posted by Norland:

Seeing as to how Africans in America have garnered no respect since we've been in this country for the past 500 years and have suffered all kinds of brutality while living here, what would happen if 43 million Africans in America decided to take all our qualms to the WORLD COURT??  Think we'd get some respect then???? 


That is definitely something worth considering.

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  It's ON and crackin.....ain't no stopping us now.  We're ON the move.  And this time with MOST of America-that's ALL we need.   Change is acoming cuz it ain't OVER yet.  BTW:  I read EVERY post in both those links above my sista.  Which is testimony to me that Zimmerman will STILL  have to answer.  Yep...that's right.  He will STILL have to answer and this is history in the making that will soon tell every child[and person] that his/her life DOES matter in America.  But!


That's what I'm thinking right about now.  I think that there are so many Americans in this country that are so damn tired of the intellectually recessive racism and every other kind of ism that permeates this country.  I hope that this case kicks off the beginning of the American Spring this country needs so desperately before racism, elitism, Big Business and Politicians' colluding against not only the people in general, but the Will of The People altogether, absolutely changes the course of America, taking it backwards instead of forward, and result in the true ruin of the United States of America. 

 

It is precisely mentalities like those that allowed this child-killer to walk free that are an intellectual ball and chain around the neck of America, which has the ripple effect of retarding and crippling America in every other aspect as well.

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