Was Marissa Alexander Failed by the Justice System?

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  • Marissa Alexander
  • Marissa Alexander
  • "Stand Your Ground" Law
  • Marissa Alexander
  • Marissa Alexander
  • Angela Corey
  • Kevin Cobbin
  • Marissa Alexander
  • Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman
  • Corrine Brown
  • Angela Corey
  • Stand Your Ground Law

"Stand Your Ground" Law

Alexander's lawyers argued self-defense, citing the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, which permits an individual to defend themselves with deadly force, even outside their own homes, if they have reasonable belief that "it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." Zimmerman's defense initially planned to invoke the "Stand Your Ground" law, but later waived the right to an immunity hearing before the trial.

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