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Thu Sep 26, 2013, 10:26 PM Sep 2013

MARISSA ALEXANDER WILL GET A NEW TRIAL

Marissa Alexander, the African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years for discharging a firearm in Florida despite pleading Stand Your Ground against her husband, will get a new trial. Alexander, 32, said she fired a bullet at the ceiling because she was afraid of her husband. No one was injured. It took 12 minutes for the jury to convict her.

“We reject her contention that the trial court erred in declining to grant her immunity from prosecution under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” wrote Judge James H. Daniel, “but we remand for a new trial because the jury instructions on self-defense were erroneous.”

The appeals court judge ruled that the lower court judge improperly put a burden on Alexander to prove that the firing was in self-defense. “The defendant’s burden is only to raise a reasonable doubt concerning self-defense,” Daniel wrote. “The defendant does not have the burden to prove the victim guilty of the aggression defended against beyond a reasonable doubt.” He ordered a retrial. A separate proceeding would determine whether Alexander could be released on bail pending that trial.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/09/26/marissa-alexander-will-get-a-new-trial/

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MARISSA ALEXANDER WILL GET A NEW TRIAL (Original Post) dkf Sep 2013 OP
Awesome! Catherine Vincent Sep 2013 #1
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