Marissa Alexander Wins a “Do-Over” in Florida “Self-Defense” Case


In May 2012, Marissa Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault for having fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two children. Under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law she received the mandatory 20-year-sentence for having fired a gun in the commission of a felony. We wrote about the Alexander case here some weeks ago–-The Marissa Alexander Case Wasn’t About “Stand-Your-Ground” Either–-following increased attention it received in the aftermath of the Zimmerman acquittal.

Today, Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals reversed Alexander’s conviction and ordered that she receive a new trial. The court’s basis for this decision is what they characterize as fundamental error in the jury instructions on self-defense given at trial. 

For the complete legal analysis of this decision, click on over to my comprehensive post at Legal Insurrection:  Marissa Alexander Wins a “Do-Over” in Florida “Self-Defense” Case

--Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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About Andrew F. Branca

Andrew is an Massachusetts lawyer in his third decade of practice and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition" now available at and also at as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

He is also an attorney-member of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, a Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-member and Certified NRA Instructor, and an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13) and Master-class IDPA competitor in CDP and SSP.

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