Is America really a free Nation?
A Florida woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville had said the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law should apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010. She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order. CBS Affiliate WETV reports that Circuit Court Judge James Daniel handed down the sentence Friday. Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing requirements Alexander couldn’t receive a lesser sentence, even though she has never been in trouble with the law before.
Judge Daniel said the law did not allow for extenuating or mitigating circumstances to reduce the sentence below the 20-year minimum. “I really was crying in there,” Marissa Alexander’s 11-year-old daughter told WETV. “I didn’t want to cry in court, but I just really feel hurt. I don’t think this should have been happening.” Alexander was convicted of attempted murder after she rejected a plea deal for a three-year prison sentence. She said she did not believe she did anything wrong. George Zimmerman trial and the Trayvon Martin case. She was recently denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
The law states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense. Alexander’s attorney said she was clearly defending herself and should not have to spend the next two decades behind bars. Alexander’s case has drawn support from domestic abuse advocates – and comparison to the case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense in his fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
My thoughts on this story
This story to me shows our Nations true colors. I try an try to tell myself we are so beyond the color of our skin as a Nation, but every time I turn around the next story makes that dream diminish more and more. We’ve defiantly come a long way and the journey of our ancestors is respected to the fullest for what they had to endure in the past. Psychologically we are still in slaved because situations like these stories keep happening. As soon as we are psychologically free in our minds that’ll be the great day we won’t see color. We will see a human being for what he or she is. I just can’t believe a woman who is in a situation where she is trying to scare off her abusive husband by trying to protect her life by shooting her garage wall on her property and not alone not kill him but she doesn’t hurt him or anyone and gets 20 years.
This innocent woman who has never been in trouble with the law gets 20 years in prison! Zimmerman kills a defenseless 17-year-old because of him being suspicious and gets off and becomes a free man? Shake my head; this is utterly disgusting and hard to comprehend. This makes me ask the question are we really a free Nation? All I can say is, I’ll keep my head up high and believe that one day we all truly will be seen equal and our skin color will NOT dictate the outcome of justice being served. All I have is hope, but one things for shure, I’m not going to act like this is not an issue in our country. I will continue to speak on these issues publicly. This HAS GOT to CHANGE! Let’s talk about it; I want to hear your thoughts on this issue. Thank you!