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Marissa Alexander
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July 28 New Date for Marissa Alexander’s Trial

On Thursday, January 30, Marissa Alexander was granted a request to have her trial rescheduled for July 28th. Alexander's attorney, Bruce Zimet, said the initial March 31 trial date was too soon for adequate preparation. He said he needs additional time to line up expert witnesses on Battered Women's Syndrome, ballistics, and research into contested

Jordan Davis and Lucia McBath
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Jordan Davis’s Mother, Lucia McBath, on the Death of Her Son

In the wake of Jordan Davis's death, his mother Lucia McBath has become active in the fight against Stand Your Ground laws. She is currently the national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America. I spoke with her recently about the impact of the death of her son. How aware were you

Michael David Dunn
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Trial for White Florida Man Who Killed Unarmed Black Teen Starts Today

Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the highly publicized murder trial of Michael David Dunn, who fatally shot a Jacksonville teenager during a dispute over loud music in November 2012. Dunn, 47, of South Patrick Shores faces charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

Marissa Alexander remains on house arrest, won’t go back to prison
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Marissa Alexander to Stay on House Arrest

Marisa Alexander is free to go home. No jail time, but she remains on home detention. Her new trial is set for March 31st. Alexander was in a Jacksonville courtroom today. Her “stand your ground” defense was unsuccessful in a 2012 trial and Alexander was sentenced to 20 years. That conviction was overturned on appeal.

Motion filed to revoke Marissa Alexander's bond
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Marissa Alexander’s Bond Revoked?

A motion was filed by State Attorney Angela Corey to revoke the bond of Marissa Alexander. As a condition of her release, Alexander was to remain on home detention. However, the motion sites numerous times she allegedly left her home to run errands.

What Is George Zimmerman's Ex-Lawyer Getting Investigated For?
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Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s Ex-Lawyer, Investigated

Florida attorney Mark O'Mara is being investigated by the state bar for an undisclosed possible violation of ethical rules in connection with his defense of George Zimmerman. What could he have done wrong? A spokeswoman for the Florida Bar confirmed to multiple media outlets that there was an open investigation against O'Mara but declined to

Lawyer: Zimmerman's Girlfriend Wants Charges Dropped, to "Be With George"
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George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Wants Charges Dropped

The latest twist in the ongoing legal saga of George Zimmerman, via ABC News, which appears to have landed the scoop directly from Zimmerman's legal team: Zimmerman's girlfriend who called Florida police [last month] to say he was breaking her stuff and was brandishing a weapon no longer wants to press charges against him and

Marissa Alexander
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Marissa Alexander Spends Thanksgiving With Family

A Florida woman who became a cause celebre for civil-rights activists after she received a 20-year prison sentence for firing a warning shot has been released on house arrest this week as she awaits another trial. Marissa Alexander's supporters said that she was at home for Thanksgiving with her children Thursday after she was released

George Zimmerman
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George Zimmerman isn’t Unlucky. He’s Dangerous

You didn’t have to be a George Zimmerman skeptic to not be surprised as his recent arrest. In the months since his acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman has been stopped for speeding (three times) and faced police questioning over an altercation with his ex-wife, Shellie Zimmerman, who said he punched her father

Angela Corey seeks vindication in Marissa Alexander case
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Marissa Alexander Still in Prison Despite Being Granted New Trial

Despite the potentially difficult public relations stemming from the 20-year prison sentence handed down to Marissa Alexander, the 32-year-old Jacksonville mother of three who said she fired a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband in August 2010, State Attorney Angela Corey is pressing on with the case. An appeals court threw out

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Florida Rejects Stand Your Ground Repeal

In their first major legislative move since protesters took over the state house demanding the repeal of the “stand your ground” law, Florida lawmakers moved forward with a plan to expand the law Thursday while rejecting a measure to repeal it entirely. During a five-hour hearing, the Florida House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice voted 12-1

Judge orders new trial for Marissa Alexander in Florida self-defence case
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New Trial Date Set for Marissa Alexander

A Florida woman whose controversial conviction and 20-year sentence for firing a warning shot at an abusive ex-husband were recently overturned must remain in jail for at least another week, a judge ruled on Thursday. Marissa Alexander’s supporters had hoped the mother of three would be set free during her first court appearance since an

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#31forMARISSA Day 14

Today is day 14 of the national month-long writing campaign for men on the issue of domestic violence and in support of Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. Launched by the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against ,

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