1. If Marissa Alexander “stood her ground,” then why is she is jail?
While the debate about Florida’s Justifiable Force (aka “Stand Your Ground”) law rages on, the debate seems to be missing the story of what happens to people that really feel that they must use force to defend themselves. One of those people is Marissa Alexander. The 31-year-old mother is sitting in a jail cell in Duval County, the same county where Angela Corey (Trayvon Martin’s “special prosecutor”) heads up the local State Attorney’s office. Although Marissa didn’t hurt or kill anyone, has a documented history of being a victim of domestic violence and was a lawful gun owner, she faces 20 years in prison for what she claims was a warning shot to defend herself against an abuser. Is a mother of three really about to go to prison for 20 years for defending herself while not hurting anyone? Find out on our show tonight as we talk to Marissa’s ex-husband and current advocate Lincoln Alexander and her sister Helena Jenkins. You can also check the Change.org petition here.
2. Do the rich pay their fair share in taxes? If not, should they?
This week is tax week, and it is one of those times that we are reminded of just how much we pay in taxes. Congress almost voted on the “Buffet rule” this week, inspired by billionaire Warren Buffet’s plea to his rich friends to pay a little more of what they owe. But do the rich really skirt their responsibilities? Do they really pay their fair share? Find out as we talk to friend of the show, economist Marshall Auerback and as well as the American Enterprise Institute’s Alex Brill.
3. Remembering the BP Oil Spill
This week marks the two-year anniversary of the British Petroleum Oil Spill. And while most Floridians are happy that they don’t have to swim in sludge, we aren’t quite sure what the long term impacts of the spill will be. Join us as we talk to Dr. Doug Inkley, Wildlife Biologist and friend of the show Captain Dan Kipnis as we look at the long term impacts.