In the light of George Zimmerman’s Not Guilty verdict in July brought another Florida court case to light; that of Marissa Alexander who received 20 years for firing warning shots at her abusive husband in 2010.
What likened the two cases were that both stood on the defenses of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” whereas the prosecutors for Alexander’s case argued the law did not apply in her case. The night that led Alexander to her conviction was her ex-husband’s fit of rage after claiming his 1-week old baby was not his. Alexander fled the house, but couldn’t leave the garage successfully which led her to taking her legally owned gun and firing warning shots at him. This decision was one Alexander called “The lesser of two evils.”
A Florida appellate court ruled today that jury instructions, which unfairly made Alexander prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that she was acting in self-defense, were wrong and incorrect instructions were stated that self-defense only applied if the victim suffered an injury. Her ex-husband went unharmed that night.
The prosecutors for the case released the following statement: “The defendant’s conviction was reversed on a legal technicality. … We are gratified that the court affirmed the defendant’s Stand Your Ground ruling. This means the defendant will not have another Stand Your Ground hearing. The case will be back in the Circuit Court in the Fourth Judicial Circuit at the appropriate time.”
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