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Bridget Johnson

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July 16, 2013 - 7:58 am

The congresswoman who represents Sanford, Fla., urged those upset with the George Zimmerman verdict to express their anger at the ballot box — and channel their frustration into another case.

“My heart is just so heavy for the Martin family. You need to know that. And I contacted the Justice Department as soon as this incident happened along with the Congressional Black Caucus and asked them to investigate,” said Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.).

Brown brought up the case of Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old Jacksonville woman who invoked Florida’s Stand Your Ground law when she fired a warning shot into the wall to ward off her abusive husband.

“Marissa Alexander has a master’s degree. Never had any trouble with the law, and the case shows that she was abused, beaten, put in the hospital, pregnant with a baby of her husband at the time. She shot a warning shot. She was overcharged and got 20 years,” the congresswoman said.

“Let me just say that the criminal justice system is not working for the people that I represent. It’s not working — not just blacks, but poor people. Something needs to happen. And you can’t not just expect the president or the Congress person, but you’ve got to arm yourself. You’ve got to be registered. You’ve got to vote that ballot. You’ve got to vote for the attorney general, the judges. I mean, everybody has to do their part, because this is unacceptable.”

Brown said when she talks with her colleagues, “and I talk to different groups and organizations around the country, it’s hard for them to believe that a person could actually get 20 years for firing a warning shot and no one got hurt, but yet, in Sanford, you kill a youth, and yet, you know, not guilty.”

Angela Corey was the state attorney who oversaw the case against Alexander, as well as the one who brought the charges against Zimmerman.

“I’m not comparing, but there’s something wrong with the system, and we need to double-down and change the law, that’s the state legislators. We need judges to give them more discretion. I mean, we need to deal with the criminal justice system. And let me just say one thing, as a mother, we tell our children, do not talk to strangers. And we work with them to talk with the police force, but George Zimmerman was not a police officer. He had no business saying anything to that young man. None whatsoever.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Open and shut case on Alexander. If she was at risk of grievous bodily harm or death, why the warning shot? People at risk don't have time for silly finesse activities like warning shots. You may have one shot to save your life. And what about that bullet into the wall? Even brick only slows down a bullet, not stop it. Most homes have sheet rock, which barely slows it down. Many cases of bullets passing through sheet rock and killing somebody. Alexander placed others at risk. If she was truly at risk, she should have shot hubby.

If you're not at risk, then self-defense law doesn't apply. Basic Florida self-defense law predated castle doctrine enhancements. So if the underlying self-defense claim is invalid, there's no foundation to claim stand your ground or any other castle doctrine protection. She got the cart before the horse.

Sentence was appropriate for that case.
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When you look closer at the details of her case, she did not have a valid self defense claim at all. However, she was overcharged, and upon conviction sentenced to an outrageous sentence that should be commuted.

And its not an accident that she was prosecuted by the unethical Corey.
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The statistics tell another story. There have been five stand your ground case with a black defender and white attacker. Four of the five shootings were deemed justified. There have been six cases with a white defender and a black attacker. Five of six shootings were judged justifiable. That a statiscal tie.

Alexander's case was a miscarriage of justice in sentencing. However, firing a warning shot is an indication that her life was not in danger and that the use a deadly weapon was not justified. You never fire a warning shot, you always fire for effect. If I happen to miss that's my warning shot and the next one is going give you a bad day.
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I'm working on a big analysis as we speak. So far, states that enhanced basic self-defense laws by adding castle doctrine have seen greater increases in black justifiable homicides than other states. States that added all three castle doctrine enhancements have made blacks safer than states with no castle doctrine laws. This coincides with my findings that shall-issue carry states have lower rates of black homicide. All the data I've analyzed so far shows that gun control correlates with higher black murder rates.
1 year ago
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Hah!

"Angela Corey, the state attorney who oversaw the case against Alexander, said that justice was indeed served and that Alexander was angry and reckless, not fearful, on the night of the shooting. Just because no one was harmed in the incident doesn't make the shooting any less a punishable crime, Corey said."

Maybe the Left and Right can find a true figure to hold in low regard.
1 year ago
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This woman is so profoundly ignorant, that's it is a disgrace to the entire nation someone this stupid is elected to a position of leadership.

Can you imagine if our Founders had thought something like this would be representing the populace?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgbBP9Em00A
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I initially believed Marissa Alexander was wrongly convicted, but then I thought about the differences in the cases. Everyone is intent on getting this wrong, but it must be stated: The Zimmerman defense did not use Stand Your Ground as a defense. Second, Ms. Alexander not only fired warning shots, but she fired several shots. If she stopped at one it is possible she would be free, but she fired several shots at her ex-husband. It is reasonable for the jury to assume that she was not standing her ground, but was instead acting aggressive against her ex-husband.
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Firing several shots is not an issue, if otherwise it's justified in stopping the threat. A standard drill for pistols is to fire two shots to center of mass/center of the torso -- and sometimes trainers add to that "pause a second; if they keep coming, shoot at their face".
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Warning shots are a no-no in self-defense. It shows that you were not, in fact, in imminent danger of harm.

But, gosh, a Democrat politician too idiotic to actually look at the law?

"He had no business saying anything to that young man. None whatsoever."

So now SPEAKING to a YBM is grounds to have your head dashed open on the pavement. Charming woman, this Brown.
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