By: David Ferguson
On Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that would outlaw so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses in court for offenders who commit acts of violence against LGBT people.
The East Bay Express reported that Assembly Bill No. 2501 outlaws the use by defendants of a victim’s sexual orientation or gender status as a defense for attacking or killing someone.
Defense attorneys have successfully used the defense in the past, getting reductions in their clients’ sentences for hate crimes because the victims supposedly “came on” to their attackers or made unwelcome advances, causing the defendant to react violently. Read the rest of this entry »