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Rev. Jesse Jackson meets with Marissa Alexander over Stand Your Ground Appeal

Reported by: Lorena Inclan

Contributor: Gary Detman
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Updated: 7/16/2013 6:55 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Jacksonville Tuesday to meet with Marissa Alexander, the woman who tried to use Florida's Stand Your Ground law as a defense.

Alexander is in the process of appealing her 2012 conviction and sentence.

She is serving a mandatory 20 years in prison for firing a gun in her home near her husband. She told the court he was abusive and the shot was just a warning.

Jackson told Action News he wants to have a prayer meeting with Alexander to help her keep the faith.

"She didn't shoot anyone or at anyone and she's gotten 20 years in prison. We'll make an appeal to change that situation. It's such a gross act of injustice, disproportionate to what happened. People murdering people and let out free, she shot in the ceiling and she gets 20 years. It's fundamentally unfair," said Jackson.

The George Zimmerman case has catapulted Alexander into the national spotlight.

"The tragedy of the death of a 17-year-old child should never be forgotten," wrote Alexander's attorney, Bruce Zimet, in a statement.

According to the State Attorney's Office, Alexander's Stand Your Ground defense was denied because a judge found she fired a shot through a wall at her husband and two step-children, in anger and not in fear.

"Rev. Jackson was also informed that the defendant declined to accept a three year plea deal and instead decided to take her case to trial, where a jury of her peers convicted her in twelve minutes," wrote Jackelyn Barnard, Director of Communications with the State Attorney's Office.

Alexander's attorney, Bruce A. Zimet, released to a statement today.

"While the judicial system is not perfect, Marissa recognizes that the system is designed to correct mistakes when they are made. Marissa and her family remain confident that her conviction and sentence will be reversed and that Marissa will be able to return to her family," wrote Zimet.

Rev. Jackson says he remains hopeful her conviction will be overturned.

"Her spirit is amazing and her faith in God has sustained her but we want to work diligently with appropriate officials to review this case and gain her freedom," said Rev. Jackson.

Rev. Jackson is expected to attend a rally at Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. 


A lot of you are talking about the case and whether Alexander should get a second trial on our Facebook page.



 

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Ado09 - 7/18/2013 12:24 AM
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Good grief, I don't know why this media computer system keeps re-posting my comments when I reload the page. I apoloigise. I don't see a delete button... :-(

Ado09 - 7/18/2013 12:21 AM
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nativejax You can play that what if game forever to advocate and apologize and excuse her actions. I believe the judge and jury acted on facts not on "what if" conjecture.

Ado09 - 7/17/2013 11:40 PM
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nativejax You can play that what if game forever to advocate and apologize and excuse her actions. I believe the judge and jury acted on facts not on "what if" conjecture.

tlynn - 7/17/2013 9:55 PM
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I believe I heard that she had priors,not certain what they were, but that was the reason for the 'minimum 20'.

nativejax - 7/17/2013 5:13 PM
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Yea but turn it around and let that be a Ex who did what Alexander did....HE WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN 20 OR 12 years. He would get a lesser deal using some stupid 'crime of passion' excuse, or the 'she made him do it' excuse, AND Corey would have bent over for him and let him off easy.

Ado09 - 7/17/2013 4:46 PM
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nativejax You can play that what if game forever to advocate and apologize and excuse her actions. I believe the judge and jury acted on facts not on "what if" conjecture.

Ado09 - 7/17/2013 4:45 PM
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nativejax You can play that what if game forever to advocate and apologize and excuse her actions. I believe the judge and jury acted on facts not on "what if" conjecture.

nativejax - 7/17/2013 2:06 PM
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Like I said, abuse does not have to leave 'visible' marks, she sounds like she was driven mad and make a stupid decision by going around her ex. BUT...if he was 'PLAYING' her and ask her to come back with some kind of bribes..like her kids, or reconcilliation, and she found out she was lied to, she probably went nuts...but not 20 or 12 years worth. I wish more of the facts were available, the only way that can happen is with a new trial, since her first was railroaded, by someone who claims she went by the LAW instead of the FACTS or EVIDENCE. HER EX did something, and she needs to speak up if so.

Ado09 - 7/17/2013 12:33 PM
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Her abuse claim is completely discredited by the fact there were no visible marks on her the night she fired the shots at her husband. Also, the prosecutor and most reasonable people believe a warning shot would be fired into the ceiling rather than the wall. If her husband was abusive and she had a restraining order out why did she come to his place when she was out on bail and assault him giving him an obvious black eye? Her story is complete B.S. and no reasonable judge or jury will believe it. I give her appeal chances of success less than zero. She turned down a lenient sentence and decided to roll the dice with a jury trial. Now that she lost she is suffering gamblers regret. Facts of the case remain the facts, no matter how hard the bleeding hearts want to try and twist them.

Realchange - 7/17/2013 11:08 AM
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Her gun rights should be taken away and let her out on probation. It is fact her ex did abuse her she had restraining order against him at one point. As I recall in the statement she did attempt to leave but I think her car was blocked in. I could be wrong about this though. I recall a friends mother who was murdered by thugs( white ones not black) the trigger man after killing her execution style got only life in prison. This happened in the late 80's. Now he is up for parole and may soon get out. Meanwhile you got a woman who shot a warning shot stating she's not going take his abuse anymore and she is in jail for 20 years. Give her probation and warn her no weapons for 15 years. Under the circumstances that would fair. If she did commit a crime, which is possible, she did so because of years of abuse, and fear for what he was working up to do to her. As I said earlier this case is nothing like the Martin/Zimmerman case but she should not be in jail. How the hell did Jax wind up with Corey? She is awful.
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