In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 12, 2014 / 10 Adar II, 5774

The story of Marissa Alexander: When justice is blind, deaf and dumb

By Ana Veciana-Suarez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Add this to the ever-expanding list of ludicrous decisions, ridiculous incidents and moments that defy the most basic elements of common sense.

Marissa Alexander, a 33-year-old Florida woman accused of firing what she called a warning shot at her estranged husband, could serve up to 60 years in prison. This is courtesy of a convoluted state justice system that accepts self-defense arguments in the most outlandish cases but not others, while also demanding minimum mandatory sentences that leave judges with few options.

If Alexander is convicted, she will go to prison, unlike George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin last year in Florida. She may even serve more time than Michael Dunn, who was rewarded with a hung jury that couldn't convict him of killing unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Davis. (Strangely enough, he was convicted of three charges of attempted murder.)

Does this make sense to anybody?

For a change, let's leave race out of it. But we must, for sure, insert gender. While two men successfully argued that they feared for their lives, Alexander could not claim the same defense when her abusive husband came after her, a husband with a history of domestic battery and a restraining order on his head to prove it.

You bet that if I were Alexander, I'd fear for my life. So would you. But apparently some legal minds, including that of the judge who ruled that Alexander probably wasn't in "genuine fear" of her life, think differently.

Alexander's case sounds eerily familiar to advocates of battered women. Less than 10 days after giving birth to a premature baby girl, Alexander was threatened by Rico Gray, who returned to their Jacksonville, Fla., home and accused her of infidelity. When she hid in a bathroom, Gray broke down the door and choked her. Then, after she fled again, Gray allegedly threatened to kill her. When he came after her, she fired the shot with her legally owned gun.

Insisting that Alexander had fired out of anger not fear, State Attorney Angela Corey charged Alexander in 2010 with three counts of aggravated assault against Gray and two children in the home. Because Florida has mandatory penalties for crimes involving a gun, Alexander received the mandatory 20 years.

That 2012 conviction was overturned by the First District Court of Appeal, which found that the presiding judge had wrongly instructed jurors that Alexander had to prove her claim of self-defense. After 21 months in jail, she was released, but Corey promptly refiled the same charges. A new trial is set for July 28 and now, because of a change in the law that requires sentences to be served consecutively, not concurrently, Alexander faces the possibility of serving triple the time for a crime she shouldn't have been charged with anyway.

The brazen injustice of the case has attracted national attention, and rightly so. The Free Marissa Now campaign has condemned Corey's office. State legislators are drawing up bills to tinker with mandatory sentencing and opponents of the Stand Your Ground Law are holding up the Alexander case as yet another example of the flaws in that dubious legislation.

All well and good, but in the meantime, a woman who was battered by a man must live with the knowledge that she may spend the rest of her life in jail. And the abuser?

I couldn't find any report about Rico Gray's whereabouts. But this stuck in my craw: In a deposition, he told police: "I got five baby mamas and I (hit) every last one of them, except for one."

Does this imbalance of justice make sense to anybody?

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Ana Veciana-Suarez is a family columnist for The Miami Herald

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