Marissa Alexander

Florida Bills Seek to Restrict Self-Defense Immunity, Protect “Warning Shots,” and Limit Mandatory Sentences

Hey folks, Today the Florida House will be voting on HB-4003, which seeks to repeal statute 776.013, “Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.” This would get rid of “Stand-Your-Ground, as well as certain presumptions of reasonable fear of imminent death or grave bodily harm for the defender in …

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The Myth of Marissa Alexander’s “Warning Shot”

Much of the coverage of the Marissa Alexander case (previously touched on Legal Insurrection here and here) laments that Ms. Alexander was sentenced to a statutory mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison for having “merely” fired a “warning shot”. The actual evidence of the case shows that this claim has about the same degree …

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Marissa Alexander Wins a “Do-Over” in Florida “Self-Defense” Case

In May 2012, Marissa Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault for having fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two children. Under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law she received the mandatory 20-year-sentence for having fired a gun in the commission of a felony. We wrote about the Alexander case here some weeks ago–-The Marissa Alexander …

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The Marissa Alexander Case Wasn’t About “Stand-Your-Ground” Either

Hey folks, By now some of you may have heard about the Marissa Alexander case in Florida. Many people are trying to twist the facts of this case in a fashion that will be familiar to the rational among us who watched the Zimmerman case. Essentially they want to know why Florida’s stand-your-ground law was …

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