Based on the relevant factors, [Marissa] Alexander did act in self-defense when she fired the warning shots, but because of the improper jury instruction the first trial resulted in a conviction. At her second trial, she is expected to have a much better chance to prevail because an appropriate application of the self-defense factors may flip the jury in Alexander’s favor. Angela Corey also has the power to set Alexander free for good by dismissing the charges, instead of going to trial a second time. That’s what Alexander’s supporters are asking for and the public pressure on Corey will be intense between now and the beginning of the second trial.
Public pressure, and not what takes place in the courtroom, may set Alexander free before or after a second trial. The media attention may force Corey to do the right thing and let Alexander out of prison permanently to get on with her life. A second jury may be familiar with some aspects of the case because of what’s been reported in the media and they may be more sympathetic to her defense than the first jury.
The question is whether either Angela Corey or the second jury will finally view Marissa Alexander as a victim, who had the right to defend herself from an abusive husband and who doesn’t deserve prison.
By all accounts, Marissa Alexander will need an active grassroots movement to help her win an acquittal at her new trial next spring. Help her win the re-trial by donating to the Marissa Alexander Freedom Fundraiser!
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