*The Florida woman who won a retrial after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a “warning shot” in the direction of her violent husband has been told that her jail term could be tripled if she is convicted again.
Marissa Alexander could be sent to prison for a minimum of 60 years if she is found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault at her second trial in Jacksonville in July, after state prosecutors confirmed they would seek for the sentences to be served consecutively.
Activists from the Free Marissa Now advocacy group, which has campaigned for the release of Alexander, 33, and raised money for her legal costs, described the move as a “stunning abuse of power” by the state attorney, Angela Corey.
*Since being acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has constantly had the spotlight on him.
For Derrick Ashong (pictured above), the chance to talk face to face with the former neighborhood watchman was an opportunity he could not pass up.
The Fusion TV reporter, who is black, revealed his motivation for interviewing Zimmerman in a recent editorial. Continue reading
*I think I speak for a lot of normal black people when I say that I sometimes grow tired of the rapper Rick Ross.
Ross has always been a creative, yet relatively useless public figure in the past, but his recent disrespect for the legacy of Trayvon Martin might be the straw that breaks the fat man’s back.
Rick’s use of Trayvon’s name in the song “Mastermind” could be subject to interpretation, and he’s being very careful to try to brush it over.
*The Goodman Theatre in Chicago is the latest company to join a national effort to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin.
According to The AP, the Goodman will present six 10-minute works by Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien, Quetzel Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat as part of a March 3 production of “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege.”
Other theater companies that have signed on to present the works this season include the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, The Public Theater in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company of Washington D.C.
*Minister Louis Farrakhan has seen enough of the U.S. legal system in light of the acquittals of George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn.
So much so that he’s calling for black Americans to create and establish their own court system based on the Bible and Quran. In Farrakhan’s eyes, the current legal system is one that practices racial bias.
*The parents of Jordan Davis, a black Florida teen who was shot in an altercation over loud music, spoke to “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts on Wednesday about the controversial verdict in their son’s death. [Click through to watch.]
Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white software engineer, got into an argument with four young men in a Jacksonville parking lot on Nov. 23, 2012 over the volume of the music playing in an SUV next to his car. Davis was one of the passengers in the SUV. The argument culminated in Dunn firing several shots at the vehicle, killing Davis.
A jury found Dunn guilty on three counts of second-degree attempted murder for firing into the car, but could not come to a decision on the charge of first-degree murder for the death of Davis.