Upcoming Florida Sup Ct ruling on 10-20-Life sentences may seal Marissa Alexander’s fate

Hey folks,

Sometimes “seeing the sausage get made” is just no fun at all.

This past week the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that hinges on whether sentences under 10-20-Life must be served consecutively, or whether sentencing judges have the discretion to order these served concurrently.

With a backdrop of often ambiguous precedent decisions by both lower appellate courts and the state Supreme Court itself, as well as a sense that in some cases these mandatory sentences are resulting in disproportionate punishment, at the end of the day the entire argument appears to hinge on a single word:  “other.”

State v. Williams:  The Facts of the Case & Trial Outcome

In 2010 Ronald Williams, then 26, became angry when four gay men outside a house across the street began making sexual remarks towards him.  Williams’ response was to point a .357 Magnum pistol at them, then fire five shots into the air.  None of the four men were injured by the shots. The police were called, Williams fled but was caught and arrested.  He was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, as well as resisting arrest with violence.  The jury found him guilty on all four charges.

To read the whole thing, head over to the full-length post at Legal Insurrection:

Upcoming Florida Sup Ct ruling on 10-20-Life sentences may seal Marissa Alexander’s fate

FYI, for those of you near Charlotte, NC, don’t forget I have “Law of Self Defense Seminar” taking place there this coming Saturday, June 21. The following weekend I’m back at the Sig Sauer Academy, where I’m a Guest Instructor, holding a “Law of Self Defense Seminar” on Sunday, June 29.

Also, if you haven’t yet heard about the newly launched Law of Self Defense Videocasts and Podcasts available on iTunes, Stitcher, and RSS, be sure to check them out, too.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle). He holds many state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and produces a series of Law of Self Defense Videocasts and Podcasts available on iTunes, Stitcher, and RSS).

About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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