Florida Gov. Amends “Stand Your Ground” to Include Warning Shοts

by / June 23, 2014 Black News 21 Comments

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Florida lawmakers have updated the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law to cover warning shοts Mandatory Minimumsfired by residents. The change is an attempt to prevent people who fire warning shοts from being criminally prosecuted.

Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed the law on Friday in response to national outrage sparked by Marissa Alexander’s 20 year sentence for firing warning shοts.

Although Alexander’s attorney attempted to claim self defense, Alexander was still found guilty and sentenced to two decades behind bars.

Alexander’s defense team released a statement supporting the measure.

“We learned today that Governor Rick Scott has signed the corrective Stand Your Ground Bill, which was advanced by the legislature as a result of concern about Marissa’s case among others,” read the statement. “We are of course grateful for the governor’s actions.”

The bill allows judges to issue sentences without adhering to the 10-20-life mandatory minimum sentences now in place.  The  current law requires that a 10-20-life sentence be issued to anyone having committed a crime involving a gun.

Outrage over Alexander’s sentence was only exacerbated after George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin and was found not guilty.

Alexander was granted a new trial after 1st District Court of Appeals judge ruled that the judge did not properly instruct the jury during trial.

“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.”


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21 Comment

  1. Thank heaven, even Republicans can do something right now and then.

  2. The outcome showed how flawed the law was. How was Zimmerman not guilty for killing Trayvon, and this poor woman was given 20 years, and she shot no one?

  3. The issue is racial double standards. SYG needs to be correctly applied not added to and still have disparities or removed altogether. Zimmerman and Wald free. Dooley,Giles and Alexander convicted or imprisoned.

  4. Black woman get 20 and Zimmerman 0 under stand your ground maybe Florida should shoot it self in the head and the problem would go away like soon

  5. I am tired of Sick ass America…America you are not Special!!! You do not get to kill people and destroy cultures because of your ethnocentric and hegemonic values. The same African American culture you make billions from through McDonald's, Nike, NBA, and other commercialization is the same people you vehemently try to destroy!!! I am Tired America!!

  6. It still won’t do any good to the people who will continue to be killed. All you have to say is I fired a warning shot. We are still going to be treated as second class citizens with no rights. How many black people he killed whites and go away using that law?……..Exactly!!!


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