Office of Executive Clemency: Grant pardon for Marissa Alexander
  • Petitioned Florida Office of Executive Clemency

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Florida Office of Executive Clemency
President of the United States
Florida State House

Office of Executive Clemency: Grant pardon for Marissa Alexander

    1. Petition by

      Graham Fortunato

      Pearl River, NY

This is important because Marissa Alexander is currently serving a mandatory term of 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at the wall of her home, while she alleges that her husband, who has a history of domestic abuse, attacked her. The State of Florida clearly didn't think this case was worth 20 years in prison; as they initially offered a plea bargain of 3 years. Marissa Alexander rejected the deal, truly believing she did nothing wrong, and insisted on being tried by a jury of her peers. She was convicted and during sentencing, the Judge noted that he could not take any mitigating factors into consideration; including the fact that she had no criminal history. This is because of Florida's, "10-20-life" law, which states that any person who fires their gun during the commission of certain crimes shall serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. This law was certainly not meant for people like Marissa Alexander, who wasn't even committing a crime prior to firing a warning shot. The fact that the Judge acknowledged that he by law had to sentence her to 20 years in prison and could do nothing about it, coupled with the fact that the State of Florida felt a term of 3 years was justified, shows how justice was clearly not served in this case. One gunshot at a wall that hurt noone does not equate to 7300 days in prison.

To:
Florida Office of Executive Clemency
President of the United States
Florida State House

Grant pardon for Marissa Alexander

Sincerely,
Graham Fortunato

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. New Trial!

      Graham Fortunato
      Petition Organizer
      New trial ordered for Marissa Alexander, who got 20 years

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her ex-husband. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander.

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    • Vera Ridley UNIVERSITY CITY, MO
      • about 1 month ago

      I think the sentence is excessive and the decisions should belong to the Judge.

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    • CELIA NUCCIO ORLANDO, FL
      • 11 months ago

      SHE DIDN'T COMMIT ANY CRIME, ONLY DEFENDED HERSELF

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    • dena pace VIAN, OK
      • about 1 year ago

      Justice matters

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    • Ron Waterman COLORADO, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Inequality in the Justice system, is inexcusable. A person has a right to defend themselves from grievous harm. This young lady was simply trying to protect her life and her children's life. It doesn't take a King of Israel to make a call on this poor sentencing and obvious wrong decision. Set Marissa free, it's the right thing to do.

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    • Brittany Fisher TAHLEQUAH, OK
      • about 1 year ago

      This woman should NOT be in prison.

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