First Coast Connect
4:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

High-Powered Legal Team Appeals Conviction Of Marissa Alexander

After the Reverend Jesse Jackson met with Marissa Alexander at the Duval County Jail Tuesday, her team of attorneys continued their efforts to get the Jacksonville woman freed.

Marissa Alexander is seeking to have her 20-year prison sentence overturned.
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Alexander is serving a 20-year mandatory prison term after firing what she described as a "warning shot" against a husband she claimed was abusive.

Jackson and other activists have decried the verdict, saying Florida's Stand Your Ground law should have applied to Alexander.  

She was initially offered a 3-year plea deal, but chose to go to trial instead, and a jury rejected her defense's argument.

Florida's appellate court will now consider her case.  South Florida attorney Bruce Zimet says his legal team is confident they can get the conviction overturned.

"We're making a series of arguments," Zimet told First Coast Connect.  "While the judicial system is not perfect, it is designed to correct mistakes when they are made."

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