AFTER THE disastrous verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the conviction of Marissa Alexander seemed even more egregious. She’s getting a new trial, though whether the outcome will be any different is really the thing that matters.
Marissa Alexander, the African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years for discharging a firearm in Florida despite pleading Stand Your Ground against her husband, will get a new trial. Alexander, 32, said she fired a bullet at the ceiling because she was afraid of her husband. No one was injured. It took 12 minutes for the jury to convict her. [...]
Alexander… testified that after an altercation regarding texts from her ex-husband, she locked herself in the bathroom. Her husband Rico Gray broke through the door, grabbed her by the neck, and shoved her into the door. She ran to the garage, found she couldn’t get the door open, and returned with a gun. When Gray saw the gun, he said, “Bitch, I’ll kill you.” Alexander testified that firing the gun into the air as a warning shot was “the lesser of two evils.”
The jury rejected her self-defense argument, and instead Alexander was sentenced under the “10-20-Life” law, which carries a series of mandatory minimum sentences related to gun crimes. …
The appeals court judge ruled that the lower court judge improperly put a burden on Alexander to prove that the firing was in self-defense. “The defendant’s burden is only to raise a reasonable doubt concerning self-defense,” Daniel wrote. “The defendant does not have the burden to prove the victim guilty of the aggression defended against beyond a reasonable doubt.” He ordered a retrial. A separate proceeding would determine whether Alexander could be released on bail pending that trial.
George Zimmerman kills an unarmed African American teen, gets off.
Marissa Alexander, a person of color, kills no one, while touching off a round to scare her husband who threatened “Bitch, I’ll you,” but gets 20 years.
Violence against women in Florida is obviously all in Ms. Alexander’s mind, as is the racism that is evident in juries who convict people like Marissa Alexander, who had never been arrested before, but let George Zimmerman off, even after a history of events that brought into question his volatility.