“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy
Today is truly a day of thanksgiving for Marrissa Alexander. She was released from jail and given a retrial date, after being sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2012 for firing a warning shoot in the air during a domestic dispute. Her case became monumental after finding out she plead the same “Stand Your Ground” defense that was used in the George Zimmerman trial. Even though she didn’t kill anyone, and her significant other at the time admitted to physically abusing her, she still was sentenced to jail.
Florida’s “Stand You Ground” Law has been the topic of discussion ever since it was voted in in 2005, and to date more then 15 cases have been dropped because of it. From shooting a missionary knocking on the door to a unarmed neighbor over unwanted trash in the garbage can. Hopefully Marrissa’s case, release, and retrial will start a thoughtful discussion on how to make sure the “Stand You Ground” Law serves as a defense for individuals that are truly trying to protect themselves and truly fear for their lives.
Marrissa’s retrial is set for March 31, 2014. She was released on $200,000+ bond on Wednesday.
In other news, George Zimmerman has been in a lot of trouble lately with his own domestic dispute and Rachel Jeantel recently did her first interview since the trial. After the break, watch Rachel Jeantel’s interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.