Angela Corey, Florida State Attorney, has recently announced that she will seek a 60 year sentence for Marissa Alexander when she goes to trial in July. If Corey is successful, this would equate to a life sentence for the 33 year old mother from Jacksonville, FL. This action on the part of Corey and the State Attorney's office must be seen for what it is - a flagrant abuse of authority and the public trust. Corey's actions are a clear case of "cruel and unusual punishment" in this case of an abused mother who fired a warning shot to fend off her then estranged husband who is on record as having threatened to kill her. Corey's actions and efforts against Alexander send the wrong message to battered women all over this country and the men who abuse them. Corey must be fired and prosecuted. It is time for the U.S. Department of Justice to step in and charge Corey with violating Marissa Alexander's civil rights.
This past September Alexander was given a new trial after an appellate court dismissed the initial court ruling that placed the burden on Alexander to prove that she had been abused and was acting in self-defense. Alexander was found guilty in that case and was serving a 20 year sentence although she killed no one. Since September Alexander has been under house arrest awaiting the new trial. Originally scheduled for March 31st, the trial is now set to begin on July 28.
With this recent decision, Corey has shown herself to be heartless, cruel, vindictive and unworthy of the public trust. For Corey, this is not about justice - if it ever was. This is about revenge against a Black woman whose case has garnered the support of millions of people across this country and even around the world. Alexander's case has become a symbol of a U.S. justice system that is broken, corrupt and unjust. Her case proves that the "Stand Your Ground" law is not created to protect those whose lives have been threatened. As the trials of George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn have shown, this law is designed to protect white men when they kill young Black men. It is but the latest legislative act of systemic racism in a system that has never provided equal protection under the law for the African American community.
Marissa Alexander needs our support now more than ever! Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander has raised thousands of dollars to support Marissa Alexander and the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Your purchase of the book provides critical support to help free Marissa and end "Stand Your Ground."
Fire Angela Corey! End "Stand Your Ground"! Free Marissa Alexander Now!
-- Ewuare X. Osayande, Editor, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander