Addendum regarding Marissa Alexander:
Alexander was released on bail on November 27, 2013. She is currently under house arrest.
Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey tried to get her arrested again in January 2014, on the grounds that she went to the bank and the grocery store in December 2013. Corey claimed that these errands were a violation of house arrest and that Alexander should be put back in prison. Judge James Daniel ruled that these errands were NOT a willful violation of house arrest and that Alexander had permission from the Duval County Sheriff supervisor responsible for “home detention.”
As of March 1, 2014, Corey’s office announced that it will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years, essentially a life sentence, if it succeeds in convicting her for a second time for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children. [N.B. Corey claims that the bullet hit the wall, not the ceiling, and that Alexander was shooting to kill. Everything else that I’ve read about this case has said that the bullet hit the ceiling. I think that Corey is trying to climb to the governor’s mansion using Marissa’s misery as a ladder.]
To quote the Free Marissa Now! Tumblr:
[A]s of July 21, 2014: Marissa Alexander was denied a new Stand Your Ground hearing and will move forward to a new trial, scheduled to begin Dec 8, 2014.