Thoughts from John M. Castellano criminal defense lawyer on the Marissa Alexander case

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Marissa Alexander might go to prison for decades just for trying to save her own life, thanks to Florida’s infamous 10-20-life law, about as popular as Florida’s equally infamous stand your ground law. I’ve been a criminal defense lawyer for many years in Florida, and I can’t recall a case that cries out louder for the hope of lot more common sense and justice.

Why Floridians chose to reelect many of the clowns in the Florida Legislature who mandated this type of non-discretionary, draconian sentencing in ANY case involving the discharge of a firearm, regardless of facts — and regardless of all the mitigating circumstances surrounding a woman’s understandable fear for her life, is perplexing, at a minimum, and moronic on many levels. These “elect me because I’m tough on crime,” one-dimensional legislators have usurped the province of the judiciary and the courts, rendering our judges essentially impotent when it comes to any discretion to consider facts and circumstances in mitigation of sentencing, and we wonder why Florida “justice” system continues to monopolize the headlines around the country. Check out this sad excuse for a prosecution and this unfortunate, embattled woman’s plight: Read the full article here!


About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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