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As was patiently explained at the time to the legal scholar, having been abused does not give you carte blanche to assassinate your spouse. Marissa Alexander got into an argument with her abusive estranged husband, walked out to retrieve a handgun from her car, returned to a house full of children and fired what she later characterized as a “warning shot” at her husband’s head (it missed.) Because there was no imminent threat of death or great bodily harm, unlike for example George Zimmerman getting his head pounded into the pavement, the prosecutor and later a jury called it aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and she was sentenced under Florida’s 10–20-Life law.

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