Stand Your Ground (Unless You're A Black Woman)

by
Abby Zimet

The surreal case of Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old Florida woman who fired warning shots into the ceiling - with a registered gun - to escape a beating by her abusive husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order. Charged with attempted murder, she claimed self-defense under Stand Your Ground law, lost, and under the state's strict minimum sentencing requirements was sentenced to 20 years.

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