License to Kill: "Trans-panic" defense continues
Defense pays "expert" to justify slow, brutal torture and murder as "understandable"
Meanwhile, Araujo's mother petititions for post-humous name change for her daughter
Why do some people find it easier to sympathize with young straight men who slowly and brutally beat, strangled and murdered a 17-year-old girl than to sympathize with the girl herself? I'm sorry, I'm about to throw up in a fit of rage and frustration. I can't even bear to quote this so-called "expert", so you'll have to go read the article ("Expert backs 'panic' defense: Sex with transgender teen might prompt partners to 'flip out'") for yourself. Here's the part I don't mind quoting:
"Defenses like this really allow defendants to have a license to kill people that they perceive to be transgender," said Tina D'Elia, hate crimes project manager at Community United Against Violence, a San Francisco organization that works to end violence against gays, lesbians and transgender individuals.
"There is bigotry within that type of defense," D'Elia said. "It is making a statement that if a transgender person wants to sleep with you or touch you, you have the right to react with violence, gratuitous violence."
Also today, Araujo's mother -- Sylvia Guerrero -- is expected to appear in a Fremont courthouse to petition the California Superior Court to legally change Araujo's name from Edward Araujo Jr. to Gwen Amber Rose Araujo