Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years of prison time for firing a warning shot to stop her abuser from hurting her. She was granted a re-trial because of national outrage over the case. But now, Florida state attorney Angela Corey is pushing for an even harsher sentence--60 years.
Even more so when you consider that the average prison sentence of men who kill their female partners is 2 to 6 years. You read that right. 2 to 6 years. And Florida state attorney Corey is pushing 60 years for a woman who fired a warning shot that didn't even hurt anyone?!
It's a blatant abuse of power and a clear effort by Corey to raise her profile as a tough state attorney right before an election year. But playing politics with the life of Marissa Alexander is not okay. And Governor Rick Scott, who is already facing a ton of criticism in Florida, has taken no action to curb this rogue state attorney. After two years filled with horrible stories of racial violence in Florida--the killings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis--and falling approval rates, Gov. Scott can't afford another crisis. We need to show him that the whole country is still paying attention, and we won't stand for this kind of blatant injustice. Will you sign the petition calling on Governor Scott to remove Angela Corey as state attorney?