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Rev. Jesse Jackson meets with Marissa Alexander over Stand Your Ground Appeal

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Updated: 7/16/2013 6:55 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Jacksonville Tuesday to meet with Marissa Alexander, the woman who tried to use Florida's Stand Your Ground law as a defense.

Alexander is in the process of appealing her 2012 conviction and sentence.

She is serving a mandatory 20 years in prison for firing a gun in her home near her husband. She told the court he was abusive and the shot was just a warning.

Jackson told Action News he wants to have a prayer meeting with Alexander to help her keep the faith.

"She didn't shoot anyone or at anyone and she's gotten 20 years in prison. We'll make an appeal to change that situation. It's such a gross act of injustice, disproportionate to what happened. People murdering people and let out free, she shot in the ceiling and she gets 20 years. It's fundamentally unfair," said Jackson.

The George Zimmerman case has catapulted Alexander into the national spotlight.

"The tragedy of the death of a 17-year-old child should never be forgotten," wrote Alexander's attorney, Bruce Zimet, in a statement.

According to the State Attorney's Office, Alexander's Stand Your Ground defense was denied because a judge found she fired a shot through a wall at her husband and two step-children, in anger and not in fear.

"Rev. Jackson was also informed that the defendant declined to accept a three year plea deal and instead decided to take her case to trial, where a jury of her peers convicted her in twelve minutes," wrote Jackelyn Barnard, Director of Communications with the State Attorney's Office.

Alexander's attorney, Bruce A. Zimet, released to a statement today.

"While the judicial system is not perfect, Marissa recognizes that the system is designed to correct mistakes when they are made. Marissa and her family remain confident that her conviction and sentence will be reversed and that Marissa will be able to return to her family," wrote Zimet.

Rev. Jackson says he remains hopeful her conviction will be overturned.

"Her spirit is amazing and her faith in God has sustained her but we want to work diligently with appropriate officials to review this case and gain her freedom," said Rev. Jackson.

Rev. Jackson is expected to attend a rally at Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. 

A lot of you are talking about the case and whether Alexander should get a second trial on our Facebook page.


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