The legal issues in Marissa Alexander’s case are sometimes complicated and it has been challenging to keep track with all of the possible scenarios for her case, especially with the passage of new legislation
. So, we wanted to quickly go over them in case there was any confusion.
Currently, Marissa is still under home detention, awaiting two dates: August 1st, when Judge James Daniel is expected to rule if she gets another Stand Your Ground (SYG) hearing, and December 8th, when the trial is scheduled to begin if there is still a need for a trial. (Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Dec 1st.) Here are some possible ways this could go down:SCENARIO 1 - Stand Your Ground hearing approved:
On August 1st, Marissa learns that she will get another Stand Your Ground immunity hearing. That hearing will be scheduled for a later date.
1A - Stand Your Ground immunity won:
1B - Stand Your Ground immunity denied:
Marissa successfullywins immunity from prosecution in the new Stand Your Ground hearing. Marissa is FREE!
Marissa does not win immunity from prosecution in the new Stand Your Ground hearing. Her legal team may appeal this decision, otherwise the case continues to trial, currently scheduled to begin on December 8th.SCENARIO 2 - Stand Your Ground hearing denied, onward to trial:
On August 1st, Marissa learns that she will not get another Stand Your Ground hearing. The case continues to trial, currently scheduled to begin on December 8th.
2A - Trial Result - Not Guilty Verdict:
At the trial, Marissa is acquitted of all charges and is FREE!
2B - Trial Result - Guilty Verdict:
At the trial, Marissa is found guilty, and faces the very real possibility of a 60 year sentence because, unlike during her first trial when she was sentenced to 20 years, the State argues that multiple mandatory minimum sentences must now be served consecutively instead of concurrently. (This issue is currently under review by the Florida Supreme Court.)
As you can see, Marissa still urgently needs your political and financial support! The legal bills are mounting and every week she is forced to pay for the ankle monitor the state makes her wear. Please DONATE HERE or shop at the Free Marissa Store to send much-needed contributions to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.
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