Many people have erupted in protest after the controversial acquittal of 29-year-old Florida man George Zimmerman who claimed he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense. However, there are two other cases of injustice that have not gotten anywhere near the amount of news coverage as the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Ever heard the names Jordan Davis, or Marissa Alexander? Both have a common denominator with the Trayvon Martin case, and that is Florida State Attorney Angela Corey. Who is, or was involved in prosecuting these cases.
Marissa Alexander is serving 20 years in a Florida prison and she didn’t physically harm anyone. In 2010, Alexander fired a single warning shot that penetrated the ceiling of her home because she was afraid of her husband, who threatened to kill her. She used the controversial “Stand Your Ground” defense, but a jury found her guilty of aggravated assault and a judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison. Despite the fact that she had no prior criminal record and was a productive member of society with an MBA.
The judge’s hands were tied, in Florida when a gun is used in the commission of a felony, there is a mandatory-minimum of 20 years in prison. The injustice of this case is that her husband shouldn’t have been near her because she had a restraining order against him. She claimed that for a year, throughout their relationship, that he choked and punched her.
Alexander’s husband, Rico Gray, is a real dirt bag and the fact that our criminal justice system treats this POS as a victim is sickening. He admitted in a deposition that he abused women, and that he has hit all 5 of his “babies’ mammas.”
20 years for shooting at the ceiling? There are murderers, child molesters, and rapists, who serve less time than that.
Then there is Jordan Davis, a Jacksonville teen gunned down by Michael Dunn in November of 2012. Dunn was parked next to Davis, and some of his friends at a gas station. He says he told them to turn their music down, and Davis and his friends responded by threatening him. Dunn claims that he thought he saw a gun in their vehicle. So he decided to open fire and shoot at the vehicle filled with teenagers 8 times.
Police found no gun in the teen’s vehicle and now Dunn is being charged with first degree murder and attempted murder of the 3 friends of Jordan Davis. The trial is scheduled to begin in late September.
45-year-old Dunn had been to his son’s wedding and had been drinking the night of the shooting. Additionally, he also fled the scene right after the shooting and never called the police. He was arrested 173 miles away from the shooting.
Where are the protests in the street over a victim of domestic violence, Marissa Alexander, who is in prison for the next 20 years, when she didn’t even harm anyone? Where are the protests against Michael Dunn, a man who decided to take on the role of judge, jury and executioner, with black teenagers simply because he thought they played their music too loud?
We need to start applying common sense to these cases, and I fear we create laws that make it impossible for a judge or jury to apply their common sense, especially in regards to mandatory minimums and the “stand your ground” defense. These laws essentially tie the hands of juries and judges, and unfairly benefit victimizers. They almost turn our justice system into Alice and Wonderland, where everything is upside down. Where the victims are turned into the bad guys, and the bad guys are turned into victims.
Simply put, it sucks.