Corey's office sends Alexander case email to lawmakers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State Attorney Angela Corey's office emailed Florida lawmakers Wednesday with an attachment titled "The Truth about the Alexander Case."

In the body of the email, an employee of the state attorney's office says Corey wanted lawmakers from Northeast Florida to have information on the Marissa Alexander case should they be questioned about it. Lawmakers are considering a warning shot bill, inspired by Alexander's case, that would expand the Stand Your Ground law to include people who fire warning shots.

Corey's office says in the attachment to lawmakers that Alexander didn't fire a warning shot, that she was firing at her husband and two step-children. Alexander will be retried on the assault charges this summer.

UPDATE, 3/20/14: On Thursday, House Democratic Leader pro tempore Mia Jones of Jacksonville responded to the email from Corey's office, saying she was "shocked" by the "unsolicited email."

"Let me set the record straight. In 2012, prior to Marissa Alexander's sentencing, I, along with others requested to meet with State Attorney Angela Corey concerning the case, which she granted. At that time, State Attorney Corey laid out her case and what she believed the facts were. At that time I told her I did not agree with her decision to prosecute a textbook case of battered woman syndrome.

"Since that time, I have not requested anything from State Attorney Corey nor any member in her office. I was shocked by the unsolicited email that was sent to me and the members of the Duval Legislative Delegation. I felt it was inappropriate and unnecessary. By sending the email Angela Corey exhibits an extreme bias in this case and her actions in putting this information in the public discourse as factual has the potential of tainting the jury pool making it impossible for Marissa Alexander to get a fair trial."


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