Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Angela Corey is unhappy about public criticism directed at her and her office and she wants you to know it.
BET.com reported yesterday,
But Corey has also been criticized by a host of African-American elected officials and community and civic leaders, who have portrayed her as being overzealous in many cases involving Black defendants. Most stinging have been the criticisms of her in the case of Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a shot to dissuade her estranged husband from attacking her.
Corey contends that the criticisms of her, specifically in the case of Alexander, are unfounded and that her critics know little about the true facts of the case.
“Marissa was the one pulling the trigger,” Corey said, in an interview with BET.com. Corey added that the gun was fired in a room where her children, ages 10 and 13, were present. “Thank God it didn’t hit them. But she was on the trigger-pulling side of the gun.”
Marissa Alexander is the 31-year-old mother of two who fired a warning shot into the ceiling of her kitchen to prevent her estranged husband from attacking her. The jury convicted her of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, which is the mandatory minimum.
She wants you to know that her decision to prosecute Alexander for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has nothing to do with the color of Alexander’s skin.
The First District Court of Appeal reversed and remanded the case for a new trial because the trial judge improperly instructed the jury.
The case is scheduled for trial on July 28th.
Corey has announced that she is going to retry the case and request a 60-year sentence if the jury convicts her.
Corey wants you to know that her decision to do that has nothing to do with the color of Alexander’s skin.
Corey wants you to know that she is helpless before the facts of the case; that she was helpless before the grand jury that decided to charge Alexander with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; that she was helpless to do anything but retry the case when it was reversed and remanded, and that she was helpless and had no discretion to do otherwise when she decided to seek a 60-year sentence if Alexander is convicted again.
Marissa Alexander deserves justice, not a steamroller.
If she is that helpless and blind to her own prejudice, Jacksonville needs a new State Attorney.
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