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Calif. 1st State to Ban 'Gay Panic Defense' in Court

CRIME | By Winnie McCroy | Oct 1
California has become the first U.S. state to ban the "gay panic defense" that defendants have successfully used in court to get out of murdering or assaulting the LGBT community.

ABA Unanimously Passes Resolution Curtailing "Gay Panic" Defense

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Aug 13
The American Bar Association unanimously passed a resolution urging federal, state, local and territorial governments to pass legislation curtailing the availability and effectiveness of the use of "gay panic" defenses by criminal defendants.

ABA to Consider Banning "Gay Panic" Defense

POLITICS | By EDGE | Jul 29
Next month during the American Bar Association’s Annual meeting in San Francisco, the organization’s policymaking body will vote on a resolution to make the "gay / trans panic" defense inadmissible in court.

Portuguese Model Convicted of Bizarre Castration-Murder in NYC Hotel Room

CRIME | By Colleen Long | Dec 2
A New York City jury found a Portuguese model guilty of murder for the bizarre castration killing in an upscale hotel room of a Portuguese TV personality who had taken him under his wing.

’Gay Rage’ Claimed in Staten Island Homicide

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Mar 2
A 68-year-old man was choked to death by a friend during an evening of drinking. The reason given by the 55-year-old suspect: homosexual advances that sent him into a murderous rage.

Defense in Philly Murder Case Planning to Use Variation of ’Gay Panic?’

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 23
The defense for a model and stripper who witnesses say was using drugs just prior to having killed a man may be planning to use a variation of the so-called "gay panic" defense.

Fla. Jury Rejects ’Gay Panic’ Defense, Convicts Killer

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 16
Jurors in Florida rejected a "gay panic" defense, finding a 28-year-old man guilty of murder in the choking and stabbing death of a 60-year-old man.

Sailor in ’Gay Rape’ Killing Denied Parole

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Aug 4
Right wing pundits are outraged that Steven Nary, a former U.S. Naval servicemember, has been denied parole after being incarcerated for 13 years following the killing of a Hispanic activist who Nary says attempted to rape him.

’Gay Panic’ is Defense in Texas Murder Case

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 17
The defense in a murder trial in a rural Texas county says that the accused stabbed and beat the victim in self defense rather than endure a sexual assault.

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