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Petition formed to Free Woman in Prison for Warning Shots Against Abusive Husband

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Community groups remain concerned about the case of Marissa Alexander, a woman who was given quite a few years in prison for a situation in which it appeared that she had no other options.  Alexander received 20 years in prison after firing warning shots at a man who she believes had come to harm her. No one was h**t, but Alexander was still sent away for a very long time.

The incident took place in 2010 and Marissa says she was simply standing her ground in the state of Florida, where standing your ground appears to be legal.   But the judge said he had no choice but to give the woman 20 years in prison, even though she is the mother of three children.  The length of the sentence was due to the fact that she’d fired a gun while committing a felony.

Various groups have been fighting for Marissa’s release and say that her case is part of the reason that mandatory minimums should be abolished.  They argue that since no one was h**t and she was only trying to protect herself from an abusive husband, her actions were entirely justified.

The petition, which is at Change.org,  says that Alexander’s sentence was excessive and exceedingly harsh.

It was also suggested by the judge in this case that Ms. Alexander “could have found some other way to flee the home,” yet the law states that “those who feel threatened, have no duty to retreat,” further lending to the ambiguity of this judgment against Ms. Alexander.

Something has to be done regarding all women who defend themselves against their abusers. Too often they receive little understanding and sympathy from the systems supposedly set up to protect them.  Women who are victims of domestic violence need a voice, and it is our intent to be that voice for Marissa and any other potential victim of domestic violence or any other form of injustice.  

74 Responses to Petition formed to Free Woman in Prison for Warning Shots Against Abusive Husband

  1. lillian. williams Reply

    March 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    what is happening with this case?

  2. Lori Pack Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Sir or Madame,
    I have followed this case with interest. It has seemed to be an unfair punishment in light that others have done so much worse and have escaped with much less terms. It appears to me clearly that she was in fear for her life and it is a shame that she had to make this choice to survive only to spend time in jail as a result. Please at least reevaluate this case and give her an opportunity to live out the rest of her life in peace. The people of America are watching this case. Prove to us there is real justice in America. We are appalled at how some clear;y guilt people get away with murder and people like Marissa Alexander suffer.
    Sincerely,
    Lori Pack

  3. ICDATRUTHSIMETIMES Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Wow, even when the actual facts are presented to some of you, people are STILL trying to defend this woman! what is wrong with you people? When stuff like this happens and a few ignorant writers half a*s report the facts some of us automatically assume they are right and cry racism! This is the reason why real cases are ignored and whites look at us as playing the race card.

    When dumbass reports come out with partial information and we rush to judgement we lose creditably as a whole.

    I bet not even half the people who commented on this did not bother to read what actually happened, even when it is right in front of your faces.

    One more thing, would you feel the same way if she had s**t one of the kids?

  4. I Hate Florida Reply

    January 29, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Florida ain’t never go to worry about me. They shouldn’t even be considered as part of the US or “us” for that matter!!

  5. Dawiyd Eloheem El Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I give her my support ! Liberate her !

  6. Marie Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I’m glad she did not k**l him but I pray that she be freed. The bible says Thou shall not k**l.

  7. coast cooker Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Why don’t president Obama pardon her?

    • Andrea Reply

      January 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Do what they said she call for a 20yr sentence, I guess they need another body to contribute to our prison industry(high tech slavery). There is no justification for this sentence. This is why this gov’t is broke because we want to warehouse people the highest in the world

  8. coast cooker Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Why don’t president Obama pardon her?

    • Andrea Reply

      January 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      The President can only pardon Federal cases

  9. Terry Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

    This woman should have never gone to jail from the jump. All she was trying to do is save her life but in the country there are double standards one for the whites and another for the blacks.

  10. BlackSupaman Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Free the Black Queen and put the judge, the prosecutor, the arresting pig, African American Defender, AB, and Jaime Andres Pretell in prison instead. Matter of fact put all racist pale faced winter monkeys and self hating mentally d**d Uncle Toms in jail.

    • AB Reply

      January 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Wow did you even read what you wrote? You clearly do not believe in what is right. Like the others you did not read the transcripts where she admitted what she did and the two Children and ex testified at court, she was also arrested again after attacking the man a second time at a residence where she did not live scratching his face. She was attacking a black man someone you seem to think deserves d***h, but you have nothing to say about a black woman who pulls a gun in front of her black children and fires a bullet in their direction…..who is the real sellout.

  11. RuRu Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 6:15 am

    S**t where the f**k is Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Cornell West, and of course President Obama and the rest of the soap-box, grand-standing N****s in this case of abuse and miss justice. There apparently is no political nor professional journalistic gains to be accomplished.

    • Derrick Reply

      January 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Alley Sharptongue, Messy Jessy and the other screachas are probably eatin’ some gospel bird (chicken). They’re getting their lips greasy instead of fighting for this Black lady.

      The article clearly states, she was PROTECTING herself from an ABUSIVE negroid, and she FIRED IN THE AIR as a warning! SHE DID NOT FIRE AT THE NEGROID!!!

      These negroids, such as, african-amerikkkan-defender (fb), who claim this woman was wrong need to take off the white sheet, and quit playin’. YOU AIN’T BLACK, BOY

      A caucasoid female s**t a Black man, who was in her house FIVE TIMES!!! How come she was granted the ‘stand your ground law’, but this Black woman is in jail for 20 years STANDING HER GROUND? The bottom line is this…the cracker s**t a negro, and she is considered a hero (article).

      Another Black man is in jail RIGHT NOW for STANDING HIS GROUND, but he s**t a white boy! DO THE MATH! It’s okay for crackers to shoot and k**l Black men, but when we protect our house and family against a cracker…we go to jail!

      O’Drama is probably kissing some caucasoid’s azz, while smiling at the same time!

      FVCK THIS LAW…IT ONLY PROTECTS THESE RACIST CRACKERS, WHO k**l BLACK PEOPLE!!!

      Anybody, who is against this Black lady ain’t nothin’ but a slave!!!

      • AB Reply

        January 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

        Well, Derrick you would rather read the article an ignore the actual court transcript. Seems the only racist here is you. You don’t give a d**n about justice for black people. You conveniently pick and choose your victims because that what you are used to doing. You are the self hater because when it comes to justice for black men you don’t believe in it. You take a one sided view simply because you read a news article, seems to me your pretty dumb as well as a racist self hating black man.

  12. AB Reply

    January 28, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Maybe you people should read the actual cour transcripts on Jamine Adres Pretell’s post. You don’t know the facts of the case and your knee jerk reaction is to cry racism, when in fact her victims were black and two of them black children. The man never touched the woman or prevented her from leaving. Even after this incident according to the fact and court records, she went to another residence which was not hers and physically attacked the man. You people are so uninformed and and just reactionary…..it’s amazing to read the things you wrote even though you knew none of the facts.

    • AB Reply

      January 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

      Many of you were saying that you wished that she had killed the man…what kind of monsters are you people? You wish d***h on someone you don’t know just because you read a sentence in an article? Your what’s wrong with this country and you are just looking for a reason for someone else to die just for your amusement. You could give a rat’s a*s about the fact that this woman fired a handgun in the direction of two children…..her own. You could care less if she was in no immediate danger. Some bleeding heart dummies bought her line and they want to make this black man responsible for her actions. Yes they were both abusive to each other at some point but not on this day. She became the abuser and the attempted murderer. And she was the abuser on a subsequent occasion. So according to you people she shouldn’t have to answer for her crimes.

  13. Charles Scouten Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Article mentions, “The length of the sentence was due to the fact that she’d fired a gun while committing a felony.” What felony? What are the facts here?

    • Ab Reply

      January 28, 2013 at 3:56 am

      She was charged with Three counts of Aggrivated assault with a deadly weapon. She fired a weapon at the man and his two young sons. She claims she was the victim, but own testimony and that of the children and her ex showed that she was not in any fear of her life when walked into the garage retrieved a hand gun from her car and came back into the house and fired the weapon at all three victims, which included the two children. The bullet barely missed the head of her ex. She did not live in the residence two months prior to the incident and went there while the man and his sons were out. They came back the next day and she was showing him pictures of what she said was their new child. But he also discovered text from her ex husband and begin to say he doubted the child was his. They got into and argument while she was in the bathroom.she tried to exit the bathroom while he stood in the doorway. She squeezed around him and went into the master bedroom.

    • Ab Reply

      January 28, 2013 at 4:01 am

      Her ex went into the kitchen where he had made breakfast for his two sons. She was still in the master bedroom. She then left the master bedroom went out into the garage and got a gun from her car’s glove compartment. She walked back into the house and into the kitchen. She pointed the gun at all three of them and fired the weapon. This is your unjustly convicted woman. Really?

  14. cookie Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    she never should have gone to jail in the first place, now if she had fired at him and killed him yes, but she didn’t. Effed up set of rules that they can use when they want to get the desired result they want, SICK SAD WRONG on all levels of humanity

  15. Republican Rule = NRA Rule Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Because wrong is wrong.
    AND THIS IS WRONG!!!

  16. judah Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    The h**l with cops!

  17. PAULA TURNER Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I went thru this and did jail time for trying to leave an abusive relationship.Please free her!!!!!!!

  18. PAULA TURNER Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I went thru this and did jail time for trying to leave an abusive relationship.Please free her!!!!!!!

  19. Jenay Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    SO, I guess she was suppose to let him k**l her harm her ? would that have suited the judge ? She was protecting herself, self defense, LET HER GO !

  20. Jenay Reply

    January 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    SO, I guess she was suppose to let him k**l her harm her ? would that have suited the judge ? She was protecting herself, self defense, LET HER GO !

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