JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A high-profile elected official on the First Coast is facing renewed calls to resign from office.
Members of the Southern Movement Alliance rallied Monday morning outside the downtown Jacksonville office of State Attorney Angela Corey.
They chanted over what they call Corey's long track record of over-charging defendants and seeking aggressive sentences.
Such actions, the group believes, are hurting minority groups across the Southeast.
Their goal is to send a message to Corey that she must be held accountable for what they consider unjust actions.
"We're out here today to tear her play house down. We're going to keep on brick by brick by brick. Her play house is going to come down," said demonstrator Terry Gilliam.
Jackelyn Barnard, Director of Communications at the State Attorney's Office issued a statement to FCN. It reads in full:
In response to the individuals from Project South/Southern Freedom Movement/Southern Movement Alliance/Southern Movement Assembly – the State Attorney's Office has a duty to protect this community and to seek justice for all our victims in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, and we will continue to do so. Unfortunately, this group's focus is not on the number of children shot and killed in Jacksonville just in the last week and how to stop this senseless violence.
This group has misinformed the public, noting in its press release that, "Grassroots pressure won the victory of throwing out the guilty verdict for Marissa Alexander on September 27, 2013. Since then, Corey has announced that she is seeking a 60-year sentence for Alexander in the new trial." The facts are as follows :
• Marissa Alexander's conviction was overturned due to an error in jury instructions.
• If convicted as charged, the law of the State of Florida fixes the defendant's sentence. The Defendant faces a 20 year minimum mandatory on each of the three counts of Aggravated Assault. According to the law, the sentences would be served consecutively.
The timing of the protest was held in conjunction with the one year anniversary of George Zimmerman being acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
It's an outcome demonstrators said they are still hurting over.
Corey prosecuted the case and faced similar criticisms in its wake. Her resignation was also demanded during Michael Dunn's trial in the shooting death of Jordan Davis in 2012.