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Local NAACP Asks Judge James Daniel to Postpone Marissa Alexander Sentencing For Aggravated Assault

10:50 PM, Apr 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The local NAACP chapter is asking Judge James Daniel to reschedule the sentencing set for Marissa Alexander on Monday.
In a letter sent Friday, Branch President Isaiah Rumlin also asked Daniel to consider granting a new trial for Alexander.
A jury convicted Alexander of three counts of aggravated assault after she got into a scuffle with her abusive husband and fired a shot into their home's ceiling.
Now she's facing a minimum of 20 years in prison, but her family argues that Alexander should be covered by the Stand Your Ground statute.

And that's exactly what Rumlin told Daniel in his letter: "We take issue with the State denying her (Alexander's) right to claim self-defense under Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law."

Rumlin later goes on to say that Alexander "did all that she possibly could to protect herself from her husband at the time, including an injunction for protection against violence, which was active on the day of the incident."

As of Friday night, Alexander's hearing date hadn't changed.

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