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Melissa Harris-Perry Sends Open Letter To Marissa Alexander’s Prosecuting Attorney

Melissa Harris-Perry Sends Open Letter To Marissa Alexander's Prosecuting Attorney

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Three days after domestic violence victim, Marissa Alexander was released on bail, after spending ‘over 1,000 days’ in prison, MSNBC’s host, Melissa Harris-Perry, decided to write and open letter to Angela Corey – Marissa’s prosecuting attorney.

Corey helped send Alexander to prison for 20 years – for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband who was coming at her. (Husband, Rico Gray,  admitted his intentions in his sworn deposition, and had admitted abusing her physically and emotionally prior to that incident as well).

Here is Melissa Harris-Perry’s intro followed by her letter to Corey:

There is nothing like being home for the holidays with your loved ones. So I can only imagine that this Thanksgiving is particularly bittersweet for Marissa Alexander, who was granted a special pre-trial release at 10:30 PM on Wednesday – Thanksgiving Eve – after spending more than 1000 days in jail, and barely seeing her youngest child who just recently turned three.

But my letter is not to Marissa. Sis, I am saving that one for when you are finally freed for good. No, my letter this week is to the woman that worked to put you in jail in the first place: Florida State Attorney for the fourth judicial circuit, Angela Corey.

Dear Angela Corey,

It’s me, Melissa.

Angela, there are few times in life that we get second chances to right our wrongs. Well Angela, this is yours.

You have been called a fierce victim’s advocate, so it is way past time that you start acting like it.

Because a woman who was hospitalized in 2009 after being shoved into a bathtub and hitting her head – she is a victim.

A woman whose estranged husband has admitted to abusing all five mothers of his kids – she is his victim.

And when that woman, that victim, who has just recently given birth, fires a warning shot near the man that has cornered her in her home – she is a victim who feels she has no other recourse.

But that is part of the problem, Angela. You never saw Marissa as a victim. You saw Marissa as the aggressor and even justified why the infamous “Stand Your Ground” law was not applied in Marissa’s case.

Because, as you put it, she was not fleeing from an abuser, even though Rico Gray, her estranged husband, has admitted telling Marissa that he would kill her if she ever cheated on him.

You have said that the shot fired was not consistent with a warning shot because it was at adult head height. Marissa is three inches shorter than Rico Gray.

And according to you she didn’t have to get 20 years in jail. That also was her fault, right Angela? You said to NBC’s the Grio back in May: “She didn’t have to get 20 years, because I took into account their prior domestic history and her lack of a [criminal] record, and we offered her the three year mandatory minimum.”

Marissa is a mother of three. And she is a victim of abuse.
Any mother knows that one day away from her child is 24 hours too long.

And when you are an abuse victim, you have to believe that the courts will finally free you from the cycle of violence instead of criminalizing you for trying to protect yourself.

If nothing else, the last two years should have shown you that an aggressive prosecution is not always the best one.
So while I know Marissa is thankful this holiday to be home with her family while she awaits her new trial on March 31st, 2014, maybe you should spend this holiday being thankful that you have a second chance to right this obvious wrong.

Sincerely,
Melissa

Video 

Also posted on TFC’s Racial Profiling page

 

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Marissa Alexander case in spotlight after Zimmerman trial

This story epitomizes the term “travesty of justice…”  It’s been circulating the internet since the Zimmerman verdict.  This case was also adjudicated in Florida.

Also, ironically, Angela Corey the state attorney who oversaw the prosecution in the Zimmerman trial was the hands-on prosecutor in the Marissa Alexander trial.

The Washington Post

(Lincoln B. Alexander/AP) – Marissa Alexander purchases cosmetics in Tampa, Fla.

Two Florida towns, 125 miles apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense.

George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood-watch commander, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but was acquitted by a jury that apparently concluded he was in fear for his life.

Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had a protective order — and two stepsons. No one was injured, but she was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years.

In the wake of the Zimmerman trial and the national debate on race and justice that it prompted, Alexander’s case — from 2010 — has drawn renewed attention, including an online petition seeking a pardon from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) that has generated more than 36,000 signatures.

Supporters say Alexander, who is African American, was a victim of ingrained racism in Florida’s courts. Some say that those same alleged prejudices allowed Zimmerman, who has a white father and a Peruvian mother, to walk free after killing Martin, who was black.

But Angela Corey, the state attorney who prosecuted Alexander and oversaw the Zimmerman case, says there were “zero parallels.” The facts surrounding Alexander’s conviction, she adds, are more complex than the Twitter-fueled pardon campaign makes it appear.

“I think social media is going to be the destruction of this country,” Corey said. “How dare people just repeat something without checking it’s true.”

Alexander was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing a gun into a wall close to where her husband, Rico Gray, and stepsons were standing, after she and Gray had a dispute.

When questioned by police, Alexander said she discharged the weapon to avoid being beaten by Gray, who was subject to an injunction prohibiting violent contact with her. Alexander, who had given birth to Gray’s child nine days earlier, said she had no intention of killing him.

A judge rejected her bid to mount a defense under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force if they or their homes are in danger. After she rejected a three-year plea deal, Alexander was convicted and sentenced to 20 years, as required by Florida’s strict sentencing guidelines on crimes involving a gun.

Kevin Cobbin, Alexander’s attorney, said his client was justified in firing her gun because Gray “had put his hands on her and there was a fight in the bathroom.”

“The judge decided not to make the call to grant ‘stand your ground,’ ” Cobbin said. “If it had been a white female, I believe she would have.”

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), whose district includes parts of Jacksonville, last year described Alexander’s case as evidence of “institutional racism.”

But Corey said there are other, less widely shared details that paint a different picture.

She said Gray’s sons were pulling on their shoes to leave the house when Alexander raised her weapon to fire — in other words, they and their father were about to leave.

While online accounts sympathetic to Alexander say she fired shots into the ceiling, the single bullet she fired actually hit the wall, not far from Gray and the boys, then ricocheted into the ceiling, Corey said.

Corey also points out a later incident when Alexander, while free on bail and awaiting trial, became involved in an altercation with Gray that left him with a swollen eye.

“She put a round in the chamber, and she fired that shot out of anger, not fear,” Corey said. “She didn’t need to use that gun. Those kids were scared to death. They ran for their lives.”

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Right Wingers Post Fake Race Riot Video After Zimmerman Verdict

Vancouver riots, Rueters

What the heck?  Can’t those who viewed the above picture and criticized Blacks see where it says “Canada Post” on one of the buildings?  Not only that, the verdict was presented late at night.  How dense are right-wingers?

I’m simply flabbergasted…

PoliticusUSA

Videos of rioting in Miami began circulating quickly after last night’s not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. But there was no riot in Miami.

The conservative media were beating the riot drum all week.Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked his guests if a not guilty verdict would trigger rioting. The conservative Washington Times polled its readers, and 74% said there would be riots. The self-styled National Liberty Foundation offered a how-to-survive the riots post that includes a potpourri of conspiracy theories about the Department of Justice, New Black Panther Party, and Russian troops being brought into the U.S. to put whites in FEMA camps. And at The Other McCainRobert Stacy McCain made this boldly racist prediction:

So it was hardly surprising that a video of a riot in Miami began circulating on Twitter within two hours after the verdict was announced last night.

Except there was no riot in Miami. The video was from the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot in Vancouver, Canada. The debunked video has since been deleted, but that probably won’t matter. After all, two store windows were broken in Oakland, prompting this reader response:

blacks are animals this wasn’t a big surprise that they riot

As Time‘s Marc Polite wrote Thursday, conservative stories of blacks rioting in the wake of the Zimmerman trial defy recent history … and reinforce the narrative that caused Trayvon Martin’s death:

The last major racial riot occurred in Los Angeles after four police officers were acquitted in the brutal beating of Rodney King. That was 21 years ago. Since then, there have been several other racially-charged cases that might have provoked an outpouring of protest but did not. The police officers who murdered Sean Bell in a hail of 50 bullets were acquitted in 2008, and no riots ensued. The indictment of the officer that shot and killed Bronx teenager Ramarley Graham was tossed out earlier this year, even with footage of the police following him into his Bronx home. His mother didn’t call for riots. She made t-shirts to protest.

In some ways, the calls for order recapitulate what this case is all about – the assumption of violence on the part of the black community, and of black men. No one seems to be concerned about the possible violence of Zimmerman supporters if Zimmerman is convicted. To try to preemptively deter the black community from taking matters into their own hands should they feel justice has not been done is ironic considering that Zimmerman’s actions themselves were a kind of vigilantism – a violence above and beyond what many, including the prosecution and Martin’s family, feel was necessary.

Of course, George Zimmerman was a white Hispanic and the son of a former Virginia magistrate. His dad even wrote a book arguing that blacks are the real racists. In fact, writes Cornell law professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, “this was a case that never should have been brought. It’s not too early to demand an inquiry into the prosecution of this case. Angela Corey should resign.”

So white people who kill black teenagers shouldn’t even go to court. Because blacks are violent … even if conservatives have use video of rioting (white) hockey fans in Vancouver to prove it.

 But this trial wasn’t about race. Oh no….

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Shocking! 3 More George Zimmerman Witnesses Change Their Stories!

George Zimmerman witness

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A few days ago, the news broke that Witness #6 had changed his story  in the George Zimmerman case. In a shocking turn of events, three more witnesses have also changed their story, and their new version of events will likely be damaging to Zimmerman’s defense ,according to the Chicago Tribune.

Since Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder, investigators had a number of witnesses who went on record corroborating Zimmerman’s claim that he shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin with a single bullet in self-defense.

Now, Witnesses 2, 12, and 13 have changed their accounts, with Witness 11′s latest account being the most damaging. Witness 2 reportedly lives in the Twin Lakes community, where Trayvon was murdered. She has been interviewed by authorities three times. Initially, she told investigators,”I saw two guys running. Couldn’t tell you who was in front, who was behind.” She then went on to say that she only saw fists that she couldn’t tell apart, “[I] saw a fistfight. Just fists. I don’t know who was hitting who.”

In her second interview, Witness 2 added another detail, explaining that both Trayvon and Zimmerman were 10 feet apart. In her final interview, though, Witness 2 said that she no longer saw two people running, only one, “I couldn’t tell you if it was a man, a woman, a kid, Black or White. I couldn’t tell you because it was dark and because I didn’t have my contacts on or glasses. … I just know I saw a person out there.”

With Witness 12, who reportedly lives in the same neighborhood as the fatal incident, she said she witnessed two people on the ground but wasn’t sure if Trayvon or Zimmerman was on top, “I don’t know which one. … All I saw when they were on the ground was dark colors,” she said.

In her subsequent interview, though, she identified Zimmerman as the aggressor, after being able to observe both of their sizes, “I know after seeing the TV of what’s happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size.”

Witness 13 is said to have the most-damaging account to Zimmerman’s case.

He says that Zimmerman talked with him after the shooting, saying, “[Zimmerman said Trayvon] was beating up on me, so I had to shoot him.”

In his most-recent account, though, Witness 13 added that Zimmerman acted as if the murder was no big deal and then asked him to call his wife. The Chicago Tribune reports:

Zimmerman’s tone, the witness said, was “not like ‘I can’t believe I just shot someone!’ it was more like, ‘Just tell my wife I shot somebody…’ like it was nothing.”

Clearly, Zimmerman’s defense has a growing problem.

Witness 2′s account could easily be interpreted as Trayvon running away from a crazed volunteer neighborhood watchman with a gun. Obviously, Witness 12′s observations are even more damaging. She suggests that Zimmerman was on top, once again corroborating the prosecution’s claim that Trayvon was in the fight of his life, attempting in vain to defend himself against Zimmerman. Then there is Witness 13, whose portrayal of Zimmerman chimes with the idea that he is a crazed racist who thought he could hunt, assault, and shoot any random Black male at the drop of a dime.

With hope, Zimmerman’s trial will unearth the truth for all to see, but if these developments keep going in this direction — in addition with the news that Zimmerman was on mind-altering prescription drugs when he killed Trayvon — Zimmerman may not find it so easy to get off in the murder of Trayvon Martin after all.

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Fox News’ racist commenters react to Zimmerman being charged

:::::Ho hum::: same old racist garbage.  I simply like exposing these cretins…

DAILY KOS

So, with the news that Zimmerman will be charged with something in the killing of Trayvon Martin, I thought I’d wander over and take a look at what the calm, rational (HA!) commenters over at Faux Noise had to say about it.  The results were… about what you’d expect.  Clippings below the squiggle.

sierra10
Ni gg ers are taking over.
Buy those guns white America…..and learn how to use them.
The savages are restless.

jmmossen
After the threats by the “New Blaċk Punksters” defense witnesses and jurors might fear retaliation by these Punks (Eric Holders people). He cannot possibly get a fair and impartial trial. The Savages will uprise.

nomorenohow
Is Angela Corey a je -wess or a neg-ress ? I’ll bet the SPLC is dipping their tips in this. What we is fewer heebs and boos on the face of this planet. We need to have a global conference to come up with a plan to reduce our combined heeb/ we-be footprint.

hatelukewarm
The definition of a good gangbanger……..a dead one!  America is better for it.
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richardsh  
The only thing Zimmerman should be charged with is LITTERING.
3 people liked this.

bluec
I hope Zimmerman flees to Mexico for what these bureaucrats are attempting to do to him. This tossing him to the mob because its easier then dealing with the out of control bl acks is fing cowardly and disgraceful.
4 people liked this.

pantherhunter
First we went to the good trouble to eliminate every single leftist / Obama supporter from our companies, now we are going to have to do the same to bIacks just to make a point … man, you bottom feeding maggots sure are making it hard on yourselves.
Gotta love those right to work states …
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TONY1954
They can put Zimmerman on trial and they may even convict him, but George has saved countless victims by taking out this animal before he got the chance to hurt anyone else. Plus probably hundreds of victims from the offspring this thug would have more than likely produced with the neigborhood mamas.
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mlmini  
So Dumbo trying to get the bla cks on his side is now going to loose the Latino vote………good going the imposter in chief who has his hands in every aspect of our lives……….good riddence in November
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stogienavl
THIE WORD POLICE ARE REALLY ON THIS SITE TODAY…I CAN’T GET ANYTHING PRINTED…..I MUST BE A LITTLE RAW WITH MY THOUGHTS TODAY……AND A LITTLE TROUBLED WITH CHARGES BEING BROUGHT ON THIS MATTER…..TRAYVON WAS NOTSHOT IN THE BACK….SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT HE WAS SAYIN TO ZIMMERMAN….JUST LISTEN TORAP MUSIC….AND YOU CAN PUT WORDS IN TRAYVON’S MOUTH….

LOL, poor racist can’t get his screeds past the word filter.  You make me want to cry for you, stogie.

imavet2  
Trayvon Martin should be charged with intent to murder George Zimmerman.
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azdart  
they ought to charge him if anything with littering leaving trash lay at the scene fine him $50.00
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yvhvhaco
well well well… what in_hell_do we have_here? A racist_federal_buckwheat_kangaroo_court forced_upon_we_the_people in America by_the_POS_buckwheat_in_our_wh_and his_racist_buddy_holder_and_liberal_thug_brothers_the_new_balck_panzy_punks!!! America, justice_just went out_the door!!! Lock_and_load!!! The_party_is_about_begin_again…
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tica.mcgarity  
It is the O.J. Simpson trial all over again.  Facts do not matter … when the political left smells BL00D.
The race card is the only card that Obummer has left to play.
If it looks like he might not win the next election … look for things to get so bad that martial law is declared … and Obummer is deemed to be re elected…
TEA anyone?
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unjust_era
Don’t just use the word.nig.ger…  You gotta rotate your racial slurs.Coon…porch monkey..gigg-a-boo.  I’ll tel ya, the next time you gunna
say nap py headed.nig.ger., call that spade a jungle bunny instead – Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks

kittykat17  
Well that makes me hopping mad.  I guess we aren’t supposed to defend
ourselves against punks anymore.
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vdomkr
Put me on the Jury.  I’ll get revenge for the OJ trial.  No way this guys gets convicted.  If you’re white, you must be right!
6 people liked this.

agbjr
Not surprising considering the media and liberals have already and publicly tried and convicted Zimmerman. All that’s left now is for the B lack Panthers to put on white robes and throw a rope over a tree limb. Of course Eric Holder and the compliant liberal media would somehow justify such an illegal act.
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iearnmyown
You.niggers thought you had it bad before.  Just wait.  BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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gruntworker
Time to disassociate from Blax. We have done everything we can for them since the civil war where we lost almost 600,000 whites fighting on their behalf. They have no appreciation and still hate us. No matter how much we give them, they continue the racist march. Don’t hire them or befriend them…they have proven they cannot be trusted to be intelligent and fair. Blax are only concerned for other Blax…they care nothing about anyone else.
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paperman1   40 minutes ago
Can’t wait till he is acquitted and the urban apes go on their usual rampage.
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coolercoleman
If I was on this jury I couldn’t find him guilty just because Al Sharpton and Eric Holder have already convicted him. What the jury will be asked to do is to find this man guilty because of drummed up community outrage by b l a c k racists. He is guilty simply because a b l a c k man was killed, forget about the facts
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cruciblethorn
Sharpton, Jackson and their “NoLimitNigga” chain gang are racial terr orists. They do nothing but stir up hatred with their race baiting and inflamatory speech. All they do is try to incite violence with their gold tooth rhetoric. But you don’t see the other “NoLimitNiggas” in the WHITE house or the Dept of Injustice arresting these criminals or the DHS investigating them for their terr orist activities. Guess jungle fever is spreading like wildfire now.
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sierra10  
No more “politically correct”.
They are ni gg ers…always have been…always will be.

Love One
JUSTICEiearnmyown  in reply to Love One
..was served when Trayvon.died.
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madcapmagician2  
So lets see, your bläck… you are a wanna be thug… you attack someone
and get yourself kìlled and YOU ARE THE HERO / INNOCENT VICTIM …..
you are non-bläck and defend yourself from bodily harm and having your
skull crushed by being slammed into the pavement repeatedly and shòot
and kìll said bläck wanna be thùg YOU ARE THE BAD GUY? …. if people
want to talk about Zimmermans intent, and actions prior to this incident
then lets also look at prior actions of martin… 1) walking around
looking suspicious in a neighborhood that has had a problem…
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JGBNYC
Travon:
We all appreciate your sacrifice, but someone has to feed the worms and you were chosen.

Mad Rhino
“Special Prosecutor Reportedly Will Charge George Zimmerman in Fatal Shooting of Trayvon Martin”
Translation: In a desperate move to maintain his base in the face of the highest blàck unemployment in recent history, President Obama pressures special prosecutor Angela Corey to charge Zimmerman pander to a ginned-up and ill-informed blàck community.
1 person liked this.

LieutenantSword
BIack people, would you please stop crying and bitching?  It’s getting old.  Time to man up, fellas.  Time to quit acting like a bunch of mouthy ho’s, ladies.  I swear, you’re a bunch of professional victims, and quite frankly, I’m tired of you butchering the English language, dressing like street trash and thinking everyone owes you something.  Grow up, bIack people.  Enough is enough.
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…I’m done.  They’re posting this shit way faster than I can copy it out.  Note that the most racist ones are the ones with the most recs. Just what I’d expect from them.

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George Zimmerman’s attorneys quit: We have lost contact with him

Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhri via screenshot

I’ve always thought that George Zimmerman is not in the contiguous United States.  I think he’s in Cuba or some other Caribbean Island.

The Raw Story

The attorneys for George Zimmerman, who claims to have shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, said during a press conference Tuesday that they had terminated their relationship with him.

Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhri said they had not be able to contact him since Sunday, but would continue to represent him if he decided to contact them. The attorneys said it would be wrong for them to claim to represent Zimmerman if they were not in contact with him.

“He has gone on his own,” Sonner said.

The attorneys had only talked with Zimmerman on the phone, but had planned to have face-to-face meetings.

Zimmerman called Fox News host Sean Hannity and special prosecutor Angela Corey’s office in Florida, according to the attorneys. Hannity refused to tell the attorneys what Zimmerman told him.

Zimmerman has completely avoided the media and has gone into hiding. Sonner and Uhri refused to indicate where he may be, but said anyone looking for him should look “far away from Florida.”

The attorneys said Zimmerman was “not doing well” and probably suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They described him as being “emotionally crippled.”

The attorneys said they didn’t believe that Zimmerman planned to flee the country.

Despite withdrawing their counsel, Sonner and Uhri still believe Zimmerman acted in self-defense.

Zimmerman told police that he had followed Martin on foot, but eventually lost sight of him and turned around to walk back to his SUV. That is when, according to Zimmerman’s account, Martin approached him from behind and confronted him. He said that Martin punched him in the nose, knocking him down, and then began banging his head into the ground. That is when Zimmerman allegedly shot Martin.

When police arrived on the scene, Zimmerman claimed that he shot and killed the unarmed African American teenager out of self-defense, which allowed him to benefit from Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Zimmerman was not arrested that night, a fact that later sparked national outrage and a flood of criticism.

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