This post is for every clear thinking, logical, common sense American citizen who comprehends the pickle we Americans find ourselves in today
We just got word from the Free Marissa Now camp that, at a status hearing in Duval County, Florida this morning, Marissa Alexander was granted a new trial date of March 31, 2014. Today’s status hearing was originally reported to have been set for October 29, which was then reported to have since been moved to November 1, and then to today’s date.
Supporters had hoped that Florida State Attorney Angela Corey would drop the case against the 33 year-old mother of three who had been sentenced to 20 years. She had been moved from state prison to Duval County within the last two weeks. Nonetheless, Alexander could be free on bond next week – a bond hearing is set for November 8.
The Movement to End Stand Your Ground supports the movement to free Marissa Alexander, since her case exemplifies misapplication of stand your ground laws. Based upon the case history, it would appear that Alexander originally would have deserved to have been granted immunity from prosecution under Florida’s stand your ground law, but she was denied immunity.
- Marissa Alexander Being Moved From Prison To County Jail (endstandyourground.wordpress.com)
- Rally held for Marissa Alexander (news4jax.com)
- Marissa Alexander returns for new trial (news4jax.com)
A man serving a life sentence for killing two other men outside a Florida strip club in 2011, then claimed stand your ground immunity, was killed in prison during a fight with another inmate.
Justin Campos, 28, was killed on October 1st during an incident with another inmate at Madison Correctional Institute, near Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Corrections is investigating the incident.
After a night out at a strip club in Fort Myers, on January 19, 2011, three men leaving the club got into a battle of testosterone and cuss-filled insults with two other men in the parking lot. One of the three men, who were in a pickup truck, had enough. He got out of his truck with a weapon, and started to pistol-whip one of the other men, but the gun slipped out of his hand in the process.
Campos, one of the men who had been in the truck, picked up the gun, and the other men ran, but came back and punched Campos’ pistol-whipping friend who had pulled out the gun. Campos fired, killing Juan Miguel Sanchez-Perdomo, 20. and another man, Carlos Deleon-Ortiz, 29, who was walking toward them. Campos and his friends then drove off in the truck.
Campos was later arrested, and claimed stand your ground, maintaining that he shot both men out of fear for his life, but a judge denied his motion at an immunity hearing. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter. In March 2012, he was sentenced to life plus 25 years.
The only legal way to possibly get away with shooting people or alligators in Florida is to claim stand your ground. Unless properly permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it is illegal to hunt, trap, or kill an alligator in the state.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that on October 22, 2013, 68 year-old Alan Abele, of Marion County, heard bumps in the middle of the night coming from the back of his house last week. He grabbed his .357 magnum pistol and shouted that he had a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it, then shot and killed the intruder.
Abele said that as he crept closer to the back door, crouched down and looking around, the intruder crept closer to him. Suddenly, he was knocked into a planter he said. “The next thing I knew he coming at me with his jaws open, so I pulled the trigger with the gun barrel about 3 inches from the side of his head.”
It was a 6-foot long, 200-pound alligator. A Florida Wildlife Commission spokesperson said that while gator attacks on humans are extremely rare, and more likely if the creature feels threatened, Mr. Abele “clearly had no other choice.”
With only a bruised arm, Abele feels lucky to be alive and said, “It was one of those times where you could say that ‘stand your ground’ really applied.”
This article was edited in June, 2016 to include the date of this incident and link to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Florida Man Shoots Home Intruder That Also Happened to Be an Alligator (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
- Man kills gator, thinking it was burglar (abcactionnews.com)
Union-busting, fighting Obamacare, backing the Stand Your Ground laws that led to Trayvon Martin’s death, hiding proof of climate change… there’s nothing the American Legislative Exchange Council won’t stoop to.
The public outcry against ALEC has caused nearly fifty corporations to drop out over the past several months. But now Facebook, Google and Yelp are looking to reverse that trend.
The companies recently joined a group responsible for some of the most egregious anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-poor, and anti-minority legislation in the past decade. Now, we need to raise a cry to show them that getting in bed with ALEC is unacceptable, before all the hard work over the past year is undone.
We can’t afford to have three major tech companies help finance a monstrosity like this right-wing lobbying group, and they can’t afford the bad press that comes with an ALEC membership. ALEC has become a toxic brand that image-conscious companies don’t want to be associated with.
ALEC worked in close conjunction with the NRA to push the controversial Stand Your Ground law onto dozens of states. ALEC helped private prison companies enact Arizona’s “show your papers” law in order to fill up cells with Latinos. It has sponsored a host of horrific legislation that is tearing down personal rights and handing over money to corporations. We simply cannot allow such practices to be condoned by major companies.
Our voices already shamed over fifty companies and nonprofits, including the likes of Amazon, Walmart, and Coca-Cola, into dropping the American Legislative Executive Council. Just recently, after months of pressure by students, Sallie Mae left the group. But if we don’t speak out now, Google, Facebook, and Yelp could start back the movement of corporate funding into ALEC.
What does this move mean for those who oppose ALEC’s agenda, and depend on search results and social sites like facebook to make impressions. How will this impact rankings, and SEO, and influence?
- ROOTSACTION.ORG: Get Facebook, Google and Yelp Out Of ALEC! (rootsaction.org)
Anyone thought it was just Florida? Florida’s “stand your ground” law has reportedly been invoked 200 times since the state passed the statute in 2005, but it’s most infamously associated with Trayvon Martin’s 2012 slaying as he walked to his father’s house in a gated community on a rainy February evening.
UPDATE (OCTOBER 28, 2013): The hearing location has been moved from Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building to Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.
(UPDATED) The U.S. Senate has rescheduled the hearing on stand your ground laws, which was originally scheduled for September 17 in Washington, D.C., but postponed due to shootings the day before at a nearby Navy Yard. The new hearing date will be nine days before a hearing in Florida on a bill to repeal that state’s stand your ground law.
The hearing in Washington, on “Stand Your Ground Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force”, by the Senate Judiciary Committee‘s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, will be held on Tuesday, October 29, at 10:00 a.m. The location in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building was changed to Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, and Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis were listed on the original panel, and attorneys for both women have confirmed with this website that they are still scheduled for the hearing. A bipartisan cross-section of proponents and opponents of stand your ground laws are also expected to testify on the panel.
Majority members on the subcommittee are Dick Durbin (R-Illinois), Al Franken (D-Minnesota), Christopher Coons (D-Delaware), Rick Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii); minority members are Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
If you can’t attend the hearing in person you can WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST HERE ON OCTOBER 29th: http://www.senate.gov/isvp/?comm=judiciary&type=live&filename=judiciary102913
- Florida Hearing On Repeal Of Stand Your Ground Is Nov. 7th (endstandyourground.wordpress.com)
- Mothers of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis to testify at Senate ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing (thegrio.com)
- Florida Senate Advances Changes In Stand Your Ground Law (endstandyourground.wordpress.com)
- Stand Your Ground In Action: Dead Men Can’t Talk (endstandyourground.wordpress.com)
- Cleveland Joins List Of Ohio Cities Against Stand Your Ground (endstandyourground.wordpress.com)