Marissa Alexander

Florida to Pass “Warning Shot” Law

The Grio reports that the new legislation -- which would consider a warning shot to be legal self-defense -- could prevent cases like Marissa Alexander's from happening

by The Grio, April 15, 2014

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Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander

New law in Florida to consider warning shots as legal self-defense. 

Florida governor Rick Scott is expected to sign new “warning shot” legislation that recently passed the State Senate, in response to cases like Marissa Alexander‘s.

Alexander became a “Stand Your Ground” cause célèbre after she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly shooting a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband.

This new legislation seeks to grant immunity to individuals with no prior record who fire a warning shot or threaten the use of force in self defense.

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