Marissa Alexander had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she said was a warning shot at her husband and his two children in 2010. Under the plea deal, she would serve 65 more days.
Abuse victim Marissa Alexander accepted a plea deal for shooting a gun in self-defense, in the presence of her abuser, in Florida, a Stand Your Ground state. She was originally sentenced to a ridiculous 20 years in jail. [MSNBC] There will be a press conference today about the Ferguson Grand Jury decision on whether or [...]
Last weekend I went on cable to talk about media diversity, including how both legacy media and startups, for- and non-profit, were living in a post-racial America that doesn't exist -- meaning, not hiring people of color and not caring if they get called out about it. Show More Summary
The Liberty Counsel yesterday advised state officials not to resign over same-sex marriage because no lawsuit can then be brought on their behalf. Via press release: "Stand your ground. Do not voluntarily resign your post when confronted...Show More Summary
“Tillis even led the effort to pass the kind of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.” – radio ad sponsored by Senate Majority PAC, referring to Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis This radio ad, captured by a conservative blogger, has inspired outrage in the closely fought election campaign between […]
South Carolina has an expansive "stand your ground" law that paves the way for someone to get immunity from prosecution by declaring that they killed another person in self-defense. Liberals have been critical of these laws, arguingShow More Summary
A couple of unrelated stories saying the same thing — first, following up yesterday’s post on how gun rights “trump” everything else these days, here’s a story from South Carolina about prosecutors who say “stand your ground” laws don’t apply to domestic violence situations. In November 2012, Whitlee Jones fatally stabbed her partner, Eric Lee. […]
In Florida, Stand Your Ground was used as the foundation of George Zimmerman's defense after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In South Carolina, it was used to defend a man who walked out of the house with a gun to confront "women thugs" who had threatened his daughter; he ended up shooting a teenage boy in his car instead. Show More Summary
“We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.” The post South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence appeared first on ThinkProgress.
On Wednesday a Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station in 2012. Dunn had already been convicted on...Show More Summary
AP/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis. Dunn opened fire on Davis and three of the 17-year-old’s...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Guns; death; racism; death penalty.]At 5:30 in the morning on May 9 of this year, four men attempted to come through the windows in Marvin Louis Guy's home in Killeen, Texas. Thinking he was protecting himself and hisShow More Summary
NY Times editorial, "Myths About Gun Regulation," January 31, 2013: "As busy as the gun lobby is in promoting macho myths about self-defense -- stand your ground and outshoot the bad guys -- it is no less dedicated to spinning...
Ex-school teacher's shooting of two intruders, one fatally, has drawn attention to state's "stand your ground" law
Seriously, this story gave me writer’s block. I thought about a play on ‘swingers’ but I avoid puns and puns about golf should be included in stand your ground laws. It is Friday and everyone else is mountaineering or learning parkour, so I will just outsource today’s blogging to the deserving folks at RawStory. A [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.
A 42-year-old mother-of-two from Florida who stabbed her neighbor in the eye with an ice pick then strangled him to death has claimed self-defense under the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law. The suspect in the case, Angela...Show More Summary
A U.N. committee that monitors racial inequality and discrimination says the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman in Missouri last month illustrates a bigger problem of racism in the United States.
I’m all for self-protection but when a police chief throws his arms in the air, and advises citizens to purchase firearms in Detroit, it’s not a good sign. Police Chief James Craig did just that in the “Stand Your Ground” state of Michigan. The Guardian reports: Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for [...]
When should you course-correct if your company is getting hammered over its mistakes--and when should you stand your ground?