Prosecutors Claim South Carolina’s Stand Your Ground Law Doesn’t Apply to Domestic Violence Survivors
According to South Carolina prosecutors, the state's Stand Your Ground law is an unfit defense for domestic violence victims who live with their attackers.
"I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don't. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day, but I can't. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won't."
A jury yesterday found Theodore Wafer, the Michigan man who shot and killed Renisha McBride, guilty of murder. The ruling disputed his claim that the killing was an act of self-defense justified under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Wafer, a 55-year-old white man, was found guilty of one count of felony firearm, homicide, and...
#FreeMarissa: Why Prosecution for Domestic Violence Goes Wrong and Why Marissa Shouldn’t Bear the Brunt of It
I can absolutely understand and relate to the calculating one must go through before taking any action to stop an abuser from being abusive. That's why I find Marissa Alexander’s story so enraging.
"Today, it's Marissa. Tomorrow, it's you. And yesterday, it was Trayvon."
Alexander's initial sentence reflected three 20-year sentences served concurrently, but Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey will now seek to sentence Alexander to consecutive sentences totaling 60 years in prison.
Marissa Alexander, the African-American Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing a “warning shot” at her abusive husband, will not return to jail for violating bail, a judge ruled Friday. Alexander is currently awaiting retrial for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In 2010, she was sentenced to 20 years under the state’s mandatory...
"We have issued these charges because we believe the evidence will show that self-defense was not warranted."
Marissa Alexander, the African-American Florida woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for discharging a gun in self-defense, will get a new trial.
The Florida state House of Representatives will hold hearings in the fall to review the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, according to House Speaker Will Weatherford.
Leaders of both political parties have spoken up in favor of reforms to the "Stand Your Ground" laws that have been associated with the high profile case of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
We stand with Marissa Alexander and support a broad repeal of Stand Your Ground laws in this country.