Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sign the letter to remove Angela Cory and help Marissa Alexander.

The national advocacy group Color of Change is asking Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., to suspend State Attorney Angela Corey to halt the second prosecution of Marissa Alexander, the battered mother facing decades in prison for firing a “warning shot” at her abuser.
A letter they are sending to Governor Scott reads:

Dear Governor Scott,

I’m writing to ask you to intervene to correct a grave injustice in the case of Marissa Alexander, a domestic violence survivor and Black mother of three who is facing a harsh 60-year sentence after firing a warning shot during an altercation with her abusive husband. No one was injured in the incident.

In May of 2012, Marissa was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but after immense public outrage, Marissa won her appeal and the guilty verdict was overturned. Now, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey is pushing to increase Marissa's sentence to an outrageous 60 years in a retrial scheduled for this July.

Marissa has been targeted by Angela Corey — a harsh prosecutor who has a reputation for unjustly punishing Black defendants. Corey's actions erode the rule of law and create a criminal justice system that does not provide equal treatment to all.

I urge you to take a public stand and push for a more just outcome in the case and others to come; condemn the charges against Marissa Alexander and suspend Angela Corey from office. Real justice requires that the punishment fit the crime and Marissa's prosecution is indefensibly cruel and unjust.


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