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Thomas Roberts

Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing warning shot

In Florida, the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is shining a brighter spotlight on the case of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot into the air. While Alexander used the Stand Your Ground law in her defense, and Zimmerman did not, her supporters say the different verdicts show the racial disparities in the Florida criminal justice system. Faith Gay, Alexander’s attorney, and MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid discuss the role race may have played in Alexander’s sentence.


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