JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin was instrumental in getting appellate lawyers Mike Dowd of New York and Bruce Zimet of Fort Lauderdale involved in the appeal of Marissa Alexander's case. It paid off.
"This is a good day, this is a good day for the branch this is a good day for Marissa and her family," Rumlin said.
Rumlin is pleased that a wrong in the local court system was corrected.
"The appellate court corrected that wrong and we look forward to the next chapter in freeing Marissa," Rumlin said.
Rumlin says the 20 year sentence in this case was excessive.
"20 years, no one is dead, no one is injured, Marissa had a college degree, was a productive citizen," Rumlin said.
Pastor Lee Harris of Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church is one of several pastors who urged Jesse Jackson to come to the city and bring national attention to this case.
"I am energized, and I am hopeful," said Harris. "Not one moment should she have ever spent in jail, I think she was overcharged, she was charged wrong; I think she should not have spent a second a jail."
Pastor Harris says he was appalled that the state cabinet did not take up her clemency case yesterday. Harris says he has a special interest in this case, and wants to see justice.
"When I look at her, I look at the parishioners that I pastor, look at family members, I look at people that are going through tragedy in their lives today, all around me, all throughout this community."
First Coast News