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Petitioning Florida Office of Executive Clemency and 2 others

Office of Executive Clemency: Grant pardon for Marissa Alexander

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.

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