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Marissa “Just a Warning Shot” Alexander Released From Jail

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:30pm 1/28/2015 at 1:30pm

We noted here back in November that 34-year-old Marissa Alexander–facing up to 60 years in prison for firing a bullet past her husband’s head and her two step-children–had once again been offered, and this time accepted, a 3-year plea agreement:  UPDATED: “Warning shot” defendant accepts 3-year plea deal. The renewed 3-year plea...

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Marissa Alexander Fares Poorly In “Warning Shot” Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:30pm 10/21/2014 at 1:30pm

The Marissa Alexander defense team had a terrible, awful, very bad day yesterday in a pre-trial evidentiary hearing.  Much evidence that would have been favorable to their case was excluded by the trial judge, and the remaining evidence left undecided also seems unlikely to be admitted. The hearing was live-tweeted and...

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Three Weird Myths About Marissa Alexander That People Think Are True

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:35am 10/11/2014 at 10:35am

Marissa Alexander was back in the news, as her lawyers try to preclude state prosecutors from getting truthful but damaging evidence against her before the jury (details on this below). With her trial now only about 6 weeks away, the misinformation machinery will be spinning up to top speed. As a...

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No Second Self-Defense Immunity Hearing for Marissa Alexander

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:40am 7/21/2014 at 11:40am

Marissa Alexander has been denied a second shot at a self-defense immunity hearing (often incorrectly referred to as a “Stand-Your-Ground’ hearing), reports by First Coast News.

Under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute (

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One Way Florida’s “Warning Shot” Bill Could Help Marissa Alexander

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:00pm 6/27/2014 at 1:00pm

A couple of days ago I posted up a piece re: Florida’s passage of its “warning shot” bill and the prospects for that bill helping the case of Marissa Alexander.

Florida’s just-signed “warning shot” law unlikely to help Marissa Alexander

I neglected, however, to point out one particular facet of Florida’s new law...

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Florida’s just-signed “warning shot” law unlikely to help Marissa Alexander

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11:50am 6/24/2014 at 11:50am

It was with considerable astonishment that I read the following headline in an ABC news post:

Marissa Alexander, who fired warning shot at husband attacking her, likely won’t see prison after Fl...

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Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Signed Into Law

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:35pm 6/20/2014 at 8:35pm

Well, it’s about time. Today, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott finally signed the “Warning Shot” bill (HB-89) that had been passed by the state House and Senate and sent to his desk way back in early April (h/t Miguel, over at Gun Free Zone). I won’t go into all the ways that this...

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Marissa Alexander’s Desperate Efforts for Self-Defense Immunity Hearing Delayed Again

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:30am 6/11/2014 at 8:30am

Marissa Alexander was back in court today for a pre-trial hearing on whether she will be granted yet another shot at self-defense immunity under Florida statute FL 776.032: Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.  

In what has become an all too familiar pattern in this case,...

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Upcoming Florida Sup Ct ruling on 10-20-Life sentences may seal Marissa Alexander’s fate

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:00am 6/9/2014 at 7:00am

Sometimes “seeing the sausage get made” is just no fun at all.

This past week the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that hinges on whether sentences under 10-20-Life must be served consecutively, or whether sentencing judges have the discretion to order these served concurrently.

With a backdrop of often...

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Will Marissa Alexander get second shot at Self-Defense Immunity?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:30pm 5/16/2014 at 3:30pm

Well, three hours of a pre-trial hearing on whether Marissa Alexander should be permitted yet another pre-trial self-defense immunity hearing wrapped up this morning. Rather than bury the lede, here’s the bottom line.

No decision.

Instead, Judge James Daniel elected to schedule still another pre-trial hearing on whether Marissa Alexander should be permitted...

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The Key Self-Defense Trials Coming in Summer 2014

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:20pm 4/28/2014 at 5:20pm

Yesterday I promised an update on the key self-defense trials coming our way over the course of this summer, and so here I am to keep that promise.

Before I get into that, however, I’d like to share a couple of items that have been brought to my attention in the last...

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Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Passes Senate, Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00pm 4/3/2014 at 6:00pm

Today the Florida Senate voted overwhelmingly (32 to 7) to pass SB-448, the state’s so-called “warning shot” bill. The same bill was passed overwhelmingly (93 to 24) by the Florida House, as HB-89, just two weeks. As a result, the bill now proceeds to the desk of Governor Rick Scott, who...

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Marissa Alexander Wants “Do-Over” On Her Stand-Your-Ground Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30pm 4/2/2014 at 7:30pm

Marissa Alexander appeared in court today as part of a pre-trial hearing in preparation for her re-trial on three counts of aggravated assault. The re-trial is scheduled to begin July 28, with jury selection to begin a week prior.

Prior to that, however, it appears that there will be a May 16...

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Angela Corey Reminds FL Legislators of Facts of Marissa Alexander Case

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:23pm 3/19/2014 at 7:23pm

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey today sent an email to Florida legislators for the stated purpose of informing them of the facts of the Marissa Alexander “warning shot” case in case they are asked about it by constituents.  The email includes an attachment that outlines the facts of the case, all...

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Marissa Alexander May See Sentence Triple to 60 Years

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:35pm 3/4/2014 at 7:35pm

An interesting quirk of Florida sentencing procedures has reared its head in the Marissa Alexander case, and will almost certainly impact the sentencing of Michael Dunn on March 24, as well.  The issue:  can the multiple convictions under Florida’s infamous “10-20-Life” statute be sentenced concurrently–served in parallel with each other–or sentenced...

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Marissa Alexander “Warning Shot” Re-Trial Delayed To July

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 5:40pm 1/30/2014 at 5:40pm

Florida news outlets — including First Coast News — are reporting  today that Marissa Alexander has had her re-trial delayed until July 28.

The re-trial had been scheduled to being in March.  The delay was the result of a motion by the defense.

Given that it seems most unlikely any new evidence or legal...

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To Revoke, or Not To Revoke: Marissa Alexander Bail Hearing Tomorrow

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:02pm 1/9/2014 at 7:02pm

Marissa Alexander will learn on Friday if her current bail and home detention will be allowed to continue, or if it will be revoked, sending her back to jail until her re-trial.

Alexander is currently on bail following her earlier conviction for aggravated assault with a handgun and the resulting mandatory minimum...

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