Angela Corey’s Mandatory Minimum Victim Marissa Alexander Appears on TV

Angela Corey’s Mandatory Minimum Victim Marissa Alexander Appears on TV


Seeing Marissa Alexander on MSNBC this morning confirms something that was already obvious: Florida prosecutor Angela Corey, at best has questionable judgement, and at worst is nuts.

How someone would consider putting a person in jail for over twenty years for shooting drywall is one thing.  But remember that Corey attempted to argue that she was bound by the laws of Florida to do what she was doing to Alexander. That Alexander is now free verifies that was all complete nonsense.  As Alexander’s case appropriately blew up in the media as a perfect example of the problem of mandatory minimum “ons size fits all” sentencing, Corey looked more and more foolish as the months went by.  

In 2012, Corey was interviewed by Politic365.  When Corey was asked if she was comfortable with the Alexander prosecution, she answered: “We send a lot of people for 20 years on armed robbery where no one is shot or killed.  How do we convince people not to use guns to commit crimes and not to use guns as a way to solve their marital problems? No. There is a strong message in not using a gun to commit a crime.”

Well isn’t that just so incredibly logical.  Never mind that two years later, Corey was still packing years onto Alexander’s wildly out of proportion prosecution.  There’s a reason why America leads the world in locking people up. Being number one in incarceration takes time.  It also takes prosecutors such as Corey who want to prove how tough they are on crime as taxpayers in America spend over $60 billion per year on over incarceration.  

Another gem of a quote during that 2012 interview in Politic365 came from Congresswoman Corrine Brown from Florida. 

“If you are black, the system will treat you differently. A mere fifty miles away in Sanford Florida, a white man who shot a black teenager and claimed self-defense was not even arrested until community leaders and people around the world expressed their outrage. The three year plea deal from Angela Corey is not mercy and a mandatory twenty year sentence is not justice,” Brown added on the Alexander case. 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke


  1. The Unfair Legal System, Out-Dated Laws in need of Amendments, Eliminate Grand Jury, Corrupted District Attorneys, and the result is, People are being Denied their Civil and Human Rights. Last but not least, The Jail and Prison Industrial Complex is a Money Making Corporation….The Federal Government Should Stop Funding our Tax Dollars for Jails and Prisons and Invest in our Youth & Future Generations.