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MARISSA FIRED A WARNING SHOT 20 YEARS SHE GOT NOT. GEORGE KILLED TRAYVON NOW HE IS A FREE MAN.

In 2012, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in jail for firing a warning shot at the wall of her home in what she said was an attempt to ward off her abusive husband.

The 31-year-old Florida mother had never been arrested for another crime, and the bullet she fired that day didn't strike anybody. Adding to the controversy, the judge rejected Alexander's effort to invoke the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows a potential victim to use deadly force in self-defense without being required to retreat. She was ultimately found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, based in part on her husband's testimony that she had intended to shoot him, but missed. The charges subjected her to a two-decade minimum jail sentence.

In the wake of a Florida jury's recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, Alexander's case -- and the state's "Stand Your Ground" statute -- have received newfound scrutiny. A flood of petitions have been submitted to MoveOn.org's platform and elsewhere, calling for her release and noting the sentencing disparity and differing outcomes of Zimmerman and Alexander's trial.

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