July 17th, 2013
01:36 PM ET

Analyzing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Trayvon Martin's death thrust Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law into the limelight, now bringing attention to another case-

Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, is serving a 20-year sentence after firing what she says was a warning shot in self-defense, CNN's John Zarrella reports.

As a result, she now has some high profile supporters, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, who visited her in jail on Tuesday and is ramping up efforts to renew her freedom.

Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey's office, the same office that handled George Zimmerman. But unlike Zimmerman, this one involved Florida's controversial 'Stand Your Ground' Law.

Also unlike Zimmerman, Alexander is serving 20-years mandatory, and she didn't kill anyone. She says it was self-defense, but last year, Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Alexander's motion for bond pending appeal has been denied.

To further explain how Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law works, CNN's Chris Cuomo spoke to Mark Nejame, CNN Legal Analyst and criminal defense attorney. Watch:

In the heat of the moment, Alexander "... was not in immediate fear of death and she simply overreacted by firing the gun, and once she fired that gun,  she fell under the umbrella of Florida's '10-20-Life' laws with a gun being discharged... which is basically a mandatory minimum 20-year sentence," says Nejame.

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