Marissa Alexander

No Second Self-Defense Immunity Hearing for Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander has been denied a second shot at a self-defense immunity hearing (often incorrectly referred to as a “Stand-Your-Ground’ hearing), reports by First Coast News. Under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute (FL 776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force) a person claiming self-defense can seek immunity from criminal prosecution and …

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Florida’s just-signed “warning shot” law unlikely to help Marissa Alexander

Hey folks, It was with considerable astonishment that I read the following headline in an ABC news post: Marissa Alexander, who fired warning shot at husband attacking her, likely won’t see prison after Florida changes ‘Stand Your Ground’ law One wonders if they had to work extra hard to get four errors into a single …

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Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Signed Into Law

Hey folks, Well, it’s about time. Today, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott finally signed the “Warning Shot” bill (HB-89) that had been passed by the state House and Senate and sent to his desk way back in early April (h/t Miguel, over at Gun Free Zone). I won’t go into all the ways that this bill …

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Marissa Alexander’s Desperate Efforts for Self-Defense Immunity Hearing Delayed Again

Hey folks,Marissa Alexander was back in court today for a pre-trial hearing on whether she will be granted yet another shot at self-defense immunity under Florida statute FL 776.032: Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.   In what has become an all too familiar pattern in this case, however, Duval …

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Upcoming Florida Sup Ct ruling on 10-20-Life sentences may seal Marissa Alexander’s fate

Hey folks, Sometimes “seeing the sausage get made” is just no fun at all. This past week the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that hinges on whether sentences under 10-20-Life must be served consecutively, or whether sentencing judges have the discretion to order these served concurrently. With a backdrop of often …

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Florida “Warning Shot” bill heads to Governor. What’s it REALLY say?

Hey folks, Today the Florida Senate voted overwhelmingly (32 to 7) to pass SB-448, the state’s so-called “warning shot” bill. The same bill was passed overwhelmingly (93 to 24) by the Florida House, as HB-89, just two weeks. As a result, the bill now proceeds to the desk of Governor Rick Scott, who seems certain …

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Angela Corey Reminds FL Legislators of Facts of Marissa Alexander Case

Hey folks, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey today sent an email to Florida legislators for the stated purpose of informing them of the facts of the Marissa Alexander “warning shot” case in case they are asked about it by constituents.  The email includes an attachment that outlines the facts of the case, all quite devastating …

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Marissa Alexander May See Sentence Triple to 60 Years

Hey folks, An interesting quirk of Florida sentencing procedures has reared its head in the Marissa Alexander case, and will almost certainly impact the sentencing of Michael Dunn on March 24, as well. The issue: can the multiple convictions under Florida’s infamous “10-20-Life” statute be sentenced concurrently–served in parallel with each other–or sentenced consecutively–so that …

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Angela Corey Seeks Revocation of Marissa Alexander’s Bail

Well, Marissa Alexander simply can’t bring her self to abide by the orders of a court, according to a story from First Coast News (FCN), Florida. The last time she was out on bail, and under a restraining order to stay away from her estranged husband, she met with him to (successfully) induce him to …

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Marissa Alexander Released on Bail

Marissa Alexander has been released on bail, according to widespread news reports. The conditions of her release are stringent, although not overly so for someone who has never been a very appropriate candidate for pre-(re-)-trial release. Alexander had been previously convicted of aggravated assault with firearm enhancement under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, resulting in her 20-year …

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