I’ve written extensively about the false narratives created around a great many legitimate cases of self-defense—mostly notably, perhaps, the justified shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a case in which there was literally zero evidence inconsistent with Zimmerman’s innocence.
Despite the indisputable and objective falsity of these narratives, however, once created they seem to continue to “live” forever, in Zombie-like fashion, completely immune to actual fact and reality.
Today I came across a blog post from a site known as “Florida Phoenix” entitled “Democrats introduce ‘Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act,’” that illustrates yet another example of such zombie-like false narratives.
I have no personal opinion on the “Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act,” and will leave that specific subject to those more engaged in various prison reform efforts. What caught my eye, however, was this bit from the blog post:
Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville was also at the Capitol for the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act announcement. Alexander became a national figure when she invoked the Stand Your Ground self defense law after she fired a warning shot at her estranged husband in 2010. The courts ruled against her, and she ended up spending three years in prison.
The core of the false narrative built around the Marissa Alexander case is, of course, that all she did was fire a “warning shot into the air,” after which the state of Florida (and, interestingly, Prosecutor Angela Corey, who also prosecuted George Zimmerman) persecuted Alexander, presumably because it hates black women for some unspecified reason (“racism,” I guess).
As part of my ceaseless effort to educate “journalists” on the realities of self-defense laws and the real-world cases that involve that law, I provided the following comment to the post:
Marissa Alexander fired a bullet past the head of her husband as he stood in their kitchen with two small children beside him–the children would testify at trial that they thought they were about to die. The bullet hole was photographed in the wall immediately behind the husband and children. The bullet was fired from the gun that Alexander retrieved from her car in the garage before re-entering the home to shoot at her husband and children. You may call that a “warning shot” if you wish–the trial court, and I think most reasonable people, perceived it as a “miss.” Hence Alexander’s multiple convictions. Facts matter, or should.
At last look, 30 minutes after posting, my comment was still “awaiting moderation.” Any guesses as to whether it will be published?
UPDATE: Several hours after posting my comment I checked back in, and my comment which had been labeled as awaiting moderation has been deleted in its entirety. I know: #shockedface
Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC