We are sitting on the precipice of the George Zimmerman trial set to begin on Monday, June 10, but we hope that people remember Marissa Alexander when the trial begins.
Marissa Alexander is the Florida mother and abused wife that fired a warning shot in her home to keep her husband, Rico Gray, from killing her –as he promised– and was sentenced to a mandatory 20 years in prison. The Stand Your Ground law that she thought would protect her did not…and she didn’t kill anyone. Her children were present and she was trying to protect herself.
She didn’t pursue him. She did not kill him. She was simply protecting herself and she is still waiting to see the community outraged by the extreme punishment. George Zimmerman, on the other hand, stalked Trayvon Martin and willingly disregarded the authorities instructions for him to leave the 18-year-old alone and let them handle what Zimmerman, in his twisted thoughts, conveyed as a threat.
Now Marissa is rotting in a jail cell as her children grow up without her all for firing a warning shot in her home? According to reports, a jury convicted her of aggravated assault after a mere 12 minutes of deliberation. On May 11, 2012, the EURweb reported her conviction and the response of one U.S. Representative.
“Afterward U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown also challenged State Attorney Angela Corey at the courthouse saying the charges were overboard and labeled the case “institutional racism.”
Sounds right to me! Check out the blog on the Chocolate City site to see how all of this happened and what no one is doing to help her.