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Appeals court orders new trial for Florida mom serving 20-year term for shooting at wall

Appeals court orders new trial for Florida mom serving 20-year term for shooting at wall | criminology | Scoop.it
 by TRAVIS GETTYS 

A Florida woman will get a new trial after she was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot in the wall during a dispute with her ex-husband.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ordered the retrial after ruling a judge had not properly instructed the jury that convicted Marissa Alexander.

But the appeals court decided the judge properly blocked Alexander from using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law in her defense.

 

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This is just an example of how racism exist in american justice.  Its funny how in the Trayvonn Martin case the stand your ground law was in affect and someone died and Zimmerman was found not guilty.  However, A black female who fired a warning shot to a wall gets 20 years.  However, Obama states change is here.  Funny! 

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Gang of bikers attack driver in front of family after high-speed chase

Gang of bikers attack driver in front of family after high-speed chase | criminology | Scoop.it
An unidentified 30-year-old man was attacked in front of his wife in child in New York City after his vehicle was pursued by a gang of motorcyclists in a high speed chase.

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Lacy Church's comment, October 2, 2013 4:55 PM
The writing of the article in the beginning almost makes the SUV driver sound like the perpetrator as if the SUV driver was the one that was not driving properly with bikes on the road. It is not uncommon for bikers to band together and ride as large groups so they may not have been immediately suspected as a gang. By the end of the article it established for me that the biker gang was clearly out looking for and causing trouble around the city. Hopefully some of them caught in Times Square were also those involved in the SUV incident. It is very sad that this builds on the stereotypes of bikers being bad guys. I hope the man recovers and his family gets some counseling especially the kiddo. Thankfully there is video at all that they can hopefully identify some of the bikers.
Jarvis Johnson's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:24 PM

One of the primary causes of ongoing gang membership and violence is because of ineffective responses to gang membership and violence by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. These social institutions are much more focused on retributive rather than restorative or rehabilitative justice. In many ways, the increase in gang membership and violent crime among Americans has caused politicians and fear-mongers to create harsh, retributive enforcement and incarceration penalties for males that offers little chance for rehabilitation.

Kelly Logue's comment, October 3, 2013 11:43 PM
This article was interesting not only because of the high intensity of a high speed chase through Mannhatten, NYC, but because I was confused for most of the article. As I was reading I was assuming that the motorcyclists were in fact trying to stop the SUV from escaping and I know this is what was said in the article. But I took it as the SUV was the perpatrator and the motorcycle gang was the hero. This of course then was switched around again at the very end when NYPD arrests the motorcycle gang.
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Gang of bikers attack driver in front of family after high-speed chase

Gang of bikers attack driver in front of family after high-speed chase | criminology | Scoop.it
An unidentified 30-year-old man was attacked in front of his wife in child in New York City after his vehicle was pursued by a gang of motorcyclists in a high speed chase.

Via Rob Duke
Jarvis Johnson's insight:

One of the primary causes of ongoing gang membership and violence is because of ineffective responses to gang membership and violence by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. These social institutions are much more focused on retributive rather than restorative or rehabilitative justice. In many ways, the increase in gang membership and violent crime among Americans has caused politicians and fear-mongers to create harsh, retributive enforcement and incarceration penalties for males that offers little chance for rehabilitation.

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Christie Hampton's comment, October 2, 2013 1:17 AM
This is a very scary situation for anyone to find themselves in. It does remind me of an article in the paper where a biker struck a semi truck and the truck driver's name was not being released due to safety concerns. I know the biker who struck the truck was a Hell's Angel. This would appear to me to be the same biker gang type situation. I support concealed carry for defense. It may have at least stayed the attack until help (police) could have arrived. Even so, multiple assailants from multiple directions is hard to defend. The driver of this SUV is lucky to be alive.
Lacy Church's comment, October 2, 2013 4:55 PM
The writing of the article in the beginning almost makes the SUV driver sound like the perpetrator as if the SUV driver was the one that was not driving properly with bikes on the road. It is not uncommon for bikers to band together and ride as large groups so they may not have been immediately suspected as a gang. By the end of the article it established for me that the biker gang was clearly out looking for and causing trouble around the city. Hopefully some of them caught in Times Square were also those involved in the SUV incident. It is very sad that this builds on the stereotypes of bikers being bad guys. I hope the man recovers and his family gets some counseling especially the kiddo. Thankfully there is video at all that they can hopefully identify some of the bikers.
Kelly Logue's comment, October 3, 2013 11:43 PM
This article was interesting not only because of the high intensity of a high speed chase through Mannhatten, NYC, but because I was confused for most of the article. As I was reading I was assuming that the motorcyclists were in fact trying to stop the SUV from escaping and I know this is what was said in the article. But I took it as the SUV was the perpatrator and the motorcycle gang was the hero. This of course then was switched around again at the very end when NYPD arrests the motorcycle gang.