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No 'Grounds' for Unjust Gun Laws

Askia Muhummad | 5/17/2012, 4:04 p.m.

Well, I join with civil rights activists and domestic abuse victim's advocates who say Alexander, who had no prior criminal record, was treated extra harshly because of her race, while Zimmerman got a pass for six weeks because he's White and because his father is a magistrate judge.

Ironically, the case was prosecuted by State Attorney Angela Corey, the same prosecutor who is handling the Martin-Zimmerman case.

After the sentencing, Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Corrine Brown confronted Corey in the hallway, accusing her of being overzealous, according to video from CNN affiliate WJXT. "There is no justification for 20 years," Brown told Corey during an exchange that was frequently interrupted by onlookers. "All the community was asking for was mercy and justice," Brown said. I agree.

The judge handed down the sentence after an emotional sentencing hearing during which Alexander's parents, her 11-year-old daughter and her pastor spoke on her behalf. Several people had to be escorted from the courtroom after breaking out singing and chanting about a lack of justice in the case, but the judge made a point to say that he had no choice under state law.

If there was any justice in the state of Florida, the governor would immediately issue a pardon, or at least commute Alexander's sentence.