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The Infectious Myth – Stand Your Ground with Marissa Alexander – 05.30.17

Marissa Alexander, a licensed gun owner, fired a warning shot at her estranged husband when he had her cornered in her own garage. The shot worked. He left, and neither of them was harmed. But she was charged and sentenced to 20 years. Defenses of self-defense didn’t work, not even invoking Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Public pressure eventually persuaded the prosecutor to agree to 3 years time served. What role did being black play? And the fact that this case played out at the time of the Trayvon Martin shooting? Marissa plans to use her experience of the US justice system, earned during 3 years in jail, to help others. through a non-profit that she has founded, the Marissa Alexander Justice Project:
https://marissaalexander.org

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