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National Lawyers Guild involved in Alexander legal fight

7:39 PM, Dec 1, 2013   |    comments
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Jacksonville, Fla. -- The National Lawyers Guild is working behind the scenes to assist a local organization called "Free Marissa Now".

Alexander was released on bond Wednesday night after serving three-plus years in jail after being sentenced to twenty years on three counts of aggravated assault.

Her conviction in 2012 followed charges that Alexander fired a shot at her husband and step children following a confrontation with him.

An appeals court later ordered that Alexander being granted a new trial based on improper jury instructions.

"We strongly feel the charges against her should be dropped," said Kerry McLean with the National Lawyers Guild based in New York City.

The legal organization has a voluntary membership and gets involved in cases of public interest.

"I get so much feedback from all types of people who are outraged that this woman has been treated this way," said McLean who advises the local FreeMarissaNow organization.

Anthony Heard is a member of the local FreeMarissaNow which claims a membership of 400 people.

"Why is a woman whose 100 pounds lighter, a foot shorter than the man in jail for over 20 years for protecting herself," said Heard.

Alexander according to supporters is with family following her release and is spending time with her children. She has not made any public comment since her release.

The 33 year-old woman by court order is on home detention.

Alexander's trial date is set for March 31. 

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