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  •  Gotta love the progression of our nation... (33+ / 0-)

    you can you stalk and kill a kid and then claim self-defense, as long as he's black.  If you are a black women and shoot warning shots at your abusive husband, off to jail for 20 years.

    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Albert Einstein

    by kharma on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 07:08:50 AM PDT

    •  Interestingly (8+ / 0-)

      That case was brought Angela Corey, the same ambitious State Attorney who filed the second degree murder charges against Zimmerman and is infamous for over charging.

      Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

      by Pi Li on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 07:37:34 AM PDT

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      •  It's a sign of how packed the jusdicial system.. (1+ / 0-)
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        ..has become, that plea bargaining is now the primary way the system works though.
        Can't say it a good sign at all or that prosecutors like Corey seem more interested in keeping it moving than taking cases to trial. And by trying to muscle Alexander into a plea bargain using the highest charges to do so. It's too often the case

        After the sentencing, Rep. Corrine Brown confronted State Attorney Angela Corey in the hallway, accusing her of being overzealous, according to video from CNN affiliate WJXT.

        "There is no justification for 20 years," Brown told Corey during an exchange frequently interrupted by onlookers. "All the community was asking for was mercy and justice," she said.

        Corey said she had offered Alexander a plea bargain that would have resulted in a three-year prison sentence, but Alexander chose to take the case to a jury trial, where a conviction would carry a mandatory sentence under a Florida law known as "10-20-life."

        Sounds like all lot of things need changing. 'Three strikes rule' clogging the system, victimless crimes (marijuana) and many other problems beyond ambitious prosecutors trying to force a suspect into playing along with a system in need of an overhaul - and more revenue would help too.

        Just my non-lawyer opinion
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        Thx Vyan for the coverage, facts and thoughtful work

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          After the sentencing, Rep. Corrine Brown confronted State Attorney Angela Corey in the hallway, accusing her of being overzealous, according to video from CNN affiliate WJXT.
          Just to demonstrate how polarised this all has become, here's another of Rep. Brown's comments on Corey. These ones regarding her decision to pursue the Zimmerman case:
          “State Attorney Angela Corey’s decision to file charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin is a positive first step towards some closure on this tragedy.  From the very beginning, following my 5.5 hour meeting with the Sanford Chief of Police, City Manager, Mayor, and City Commissioner Williams, I have believed that there was sufficient evidence for an arrest.  Millions of people around the world came to the same conclusion.
          -Rep. Corrine Brown
          Quite a contrast.  

          Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

          by Pi Li on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 12:00:24 PM PDT

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    •  kharma - I always thought that case was a (2+ / 0-)
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      travesty. Unfortunately, she shot through a wall into a room where two children were present. Fortunately the bullets didn't strike the children, but they could have easily killed them. Given the facts of the case, as I recall them, she would have had a strong case of self defense if she had shot the abusive husband.

      I understood the reason the prosecution did indict her, but given the facts I don't think she should have ever had any jail time.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 11:28:10 AM PDT

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