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Marissa Alexander Still Facing 60 Years in Prison; New Stand Your Ground Hearing Denied

By The Associated Press

Unfortunately, there’s bad news for Marissa Alexander.

A Florida judge has denied Marissa Alexander a new self-defense hearing, finding that the recent addition of a “warning shot” provision to the state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law could not be applied retroactively, according to a report from Salon:

The law allows a person to fire without retreat if they have a “reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself.” Alexander, a survivor of domestic violence who says she fired a warning shot at a wall to fend off her abusive husband Rico Gray after he threatened to kill her, was denied immunity in her first hearing. She was later convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.

As Irin Carmon at MSNBC points out, Alexander’s lawyers argued that evidence not previously introduced — one of Gray’s children recanted his testimony, expert testimony on ‘battered women’s syndrome” and Gray’s history of domestic violence and lying to law enforcement — warranted a second hearing. But Circuit Judge James Daniel wrote that the evidence did not merit a new hearing because “the basic outlines of her claim and [Gray’s] claim have not changed at all.”

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‘Best Man Wedding’ Gets Release Date + 3 Things We Need To See In The Movie

By Sonya Eskridge, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Plans for the next Best Man movie are quickly moving forward, and we’ve got a few ideas for what should be in it!

The Best Man Holiday was such a huge hit that it pulled it pulled in $70.5 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s more than double what the first film made in 1999 ($35.1 million, BTW). Numbers like that made it a no-brainer for Universal Pictures, which is bringing the cast back together one more time.

The studio has just announced that The Best Man Wedding is slated to hit theaters on April 15, 2016. We can’t wait to see Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall together again.

That gives Universal Studios and director Malcolm D. Lee a little over a year to come up with a plot for The Best Man Wedding. Best Man Holiday conveniently left off on the surprising cliffhanger that Quentin was ready to turn in his player card and settle down.

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James Brown Docs Must Be Released, Says S.C. Court