October 3, 2012
Demand Florida officials drop case against Marissa Alexander
Have you heard the great news? Last week a Florida Appeals Court overturned the guilty verdict against Marissa Alexander! The appeals court found extreme errors - the instructions to the jury said Marissa had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she acted in self-defense. This is the exact opposite of the legal principle that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the prosecution.
Free Marissa Now has launched a national campaign to get Florida to drop the case, dismiss all charges and release Marissa now. Radical Women is an active part of this campaign.
What happens next: From now until October 11, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi could ask the Appeals Court to change its decision. This is called a rehearing. If Bondi doesn't request a rehearing, the case will be returned to Jacksonville.
Beginning on October 11, the ball is in State Prosecutor Angela Corey's court to move forward on the case or to drop it. This is the crucial period to get the case dismissed and flood Florida with messages to drop the case.
Please call, write, fax or email State Prosecutor Angela Corey, State Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Florida Governor Rick Scott to demand that they drop the case. Angela Corey is the person who will make the decision - but Bondi and Scott should demand that she not pursue the case.
It's time to stop this cruel and unforgivable vendetta against a mother of three who did no wrong, but defended her life by taking the only action she felt possible. Tell the state to stop using taxpayer money to hound and harass a domestic violence survivor. This innocent woman has already served several years.
Please take action and start spreading the word!
Angela Corey, State Attorney
220 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Phone: 850-414-3300 or 850-414-3990
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone: 850-717-9337 or 850-488-7146
Radical Women, National Organizer