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  Prosecutors Tackle 'Gay Panic' Defense » Netscape.com
Gay and Lesbian – Prosecutors and police officers gather at a two-day national conference to counter the use of the so-called "gay panic" defense.
As someone whose youngest son is gay, I find it hard to believe that anyone in their right mind would still believe that 'gay panic' is any sort of defense at all.
Of course, when my son finally came out, he lost a fair amount of guys he'd considered friends, even though he'd known he was gay since he was around 12, and they'd never had any problem being around him as long as they didn't actually KNOW he was gay.
gay.netscape.com /story/2006/07/23/prosecutors-tackle-gay-panic-defense   (485 words)

  Gay panic defense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gay panic defense is a term used to describe a rare but high-profile legal defense against charges of assault or murder.
A lawyer using the gay panic defense claims that the defendant acted in a state of temporary insanity because of a little-known psychiatric condition called homosexual panic.
The transgender variant of the gay panic defense was also used in 2004-2005 by the three defendants in the Gwen Araujo homicide case, who claimed that they were enraged by the discovery that Araujo, a transgendered teenager living as a woman, was biologically male.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gay_panic_defense   (808 words)

 gay panic
In a gay panic defense, a concept that does not exist in statute law, a defendant tries to win sympathy from the jury by characterizing the victim as a homosexual predator and by demonstrating that the defendant found the advances so repugnant that he resorted to violence.
Bright, who testified that he was not gay, was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $2,000, prompting advocates for gay men and lesbians in Hawaii to complain that the jury had given in to homophobia.
The "gay panic" defense was a flash-point in the trial, which had already been the focal point of attention from gay rights groups and others.
members.tripod.com /platforum/panic.htm   (1632 words)

 towleroad: "Gay Panic" the New Black in Midwestern Murders
Two murder cases made headlines on Monday, and "gay panic" is at the center of the defense in both of them.
The "gay panic" defense is being used in the trial this week which will determine if Hirte was insane at the time of the killing.
Gay panic defenses are not new, as you'll remember from this trial, but they seem mighty fashionable these days.
towleroad.typepad.com /towleroad/2005/02/gay_panic_cited.html   (613 words)

 "Gay Panic" Is No Excuse For Killer In Matthew Shepard Case
The gay panic defense states that when a homosexual makes an advance on someone with repressed homosexual tendencies or experiences, it triggers a violent, uncontrollable reaction.
But, by allowing the gay panic defense, Voigt would be condoning the use of a lack of control as an excuse.
If McKinnney were truly in a panic and not in control of himself, one would think that he would execute the most obvious lethal action of a man with a pistol -- shooting.
www.brunchma.com /~acsumama/com/com102999.html   (1061 words)

 Washington Blade Online
Gay panic has traditionally been defined to mean that a “defendant’s latent homosexuality caused his violent reaction to a gay man’s advance,” according to a piece on trans panic in the Boston Third World Law Journal by Victoria Steinberg.
Trans panic is a variant of this strategy, with the defendant claiming, “his violent acts were triggered by the revelation that another person, sometimes with whom he has been sexually involved, is transgendered,” she explained.
Gay panic or trans panic are not defenses that completely exonerate a defendant, legal experts explained.
www.washblade.com /print.cfm?content_id=6415   (1121 words)

 Defense rests after 'gay panic' argument barred   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
District Judge Barton Voigt ruled that the strategy adopted by McKinney's lawyers in the beating death of the gay college student is akin to temporary insanity or a diminished-capacity defense — both of which are prohibited under Wyoming law.
A "gay panic" or "homosexual panic" defense is built on the theory that a person with latent gay tendencies will have an uncontrollable, violent reaction when propositioned by a homosexual.
"Gay panic exists and any gay man knows that just holding the gaze of a straight man on the street and giving him the idea that you might be sexually interested can create a dangerous situation," he said.
www.thedailycamera.com /extra/shepard/02cshep.html   (868 words)

 GLAAD: "Gay Panic" Defense To Be Used In The Warren Murder Trial
GLAAD: "Gay Panic" Defense To Be Used In The Warren Murder Trial
The gay panic defense has been used before in cases involving the killing of a gay man, including during the trial of Matthew Shepard’s killers.
He said he is not surprised at the gay panic defense being used.
www.glaad.org /publications/archive_detail.php?id=396   (340 words)

 Pennsylvania Attackers Claim "Gay Panic"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
Two brothers in central Pennsylvania are using the "homosexual panic" defense to explain their alleged attack on a man that left him in a coma with little promise of recovery.
The gay panic defense isn't new, but hasn't proved widely successful in recent high-publicity cases.
The gay panic defense is similar to a plea of temporary insanity in that the suspect claims that the victim's homosexual advance triggered such overwhelming emotions that he was not in control of his actions.
www.totalobscurity.com /mind/news/2001/gay-panic.html   (384 words)

 "Gay panic" defense is an excuse for bigotry (Mason)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
This concept of gay panic seems to imply a temporary insanity situation, the very implication that put it in violation of Wyoming law.
Dobbs supports the use of the gay panic defense in death penalty cases.
Gay panic may be useful to the lawyers of Aaron McKinney, but it is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans.
www.stater.kent.edu /stories_old/99fall/tmm11499latestcolumn.html   (420 words)

 Judge rips defense for 'gay panic' argument   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
McKinney is charged with murder in the beating death of the gay University of Wyoming student.
The "gay panic" or "homosexual panic" defense is built on a theory that a person with latent homosexual tendencies will have an uncontrollable, violent reaction when propositioned by a homosexual.
Defense attorney Dion Custis denied he was using a "gay panic" defense.
www.thedailycamera.com /extra/shepard/28bshep.html   (502 words)

 SAN FRANCISCO / 'Gay panic' defense tactic under scrutiny at conference
A gay Atlanta man was bludgeoned to death and his confessed killer walked free after claiming he was forced into a sexual act and responded in self-defense.
Prosecutors and legal experts define gay or transgender panic as when a person is provoked to violent action against another person after learning the other person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
The panic strategy is commonly raised whenever a transgender woman is killed, said Chris Daley, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/19/BAGT6K1JKF1.DTL&...   (899 words)

 My Way News - Lawyers Debate 'Gay Panic' Defense
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they want to limit the use of "gay panic" defenses - where defendants claim their crimes were justified because of fear or anger over their victims' sexual orientation.
California's bill also would instruct juries that gay panic defenses are inconsistent with state laws protecting gays, lesbians and transgenders from discrimination.
It was prompted by the murder of 17-year-old Gwen Araujo, a transgender teenager who was beaten and strangled in 2002 after two men with whom she'd had anal sex learned she was biologically male.
apnews.myway.com /article/20060721/D8J04C205.html   (413 words)

 SAN FRANCISCO / 'Gay panic' defense tactic under scrutiny at conference   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
A gay Atlanta man was bludgeoned to death and his confessed killer walked free after claiming he was forced into a sexual act and responded in self-defense.
As many as 200 prosecutors and law enforcement officers are expected to attend the event, which is sponsored by gay, lesbian and transgender groups along with the state and national associations of district attorneys.
Prosecutors and legal experts define gay or transgender panic as when a person is provoked to violent action against another person after learning the other person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/19/BAGT6K1JKF1.DTL&feed=rss.crime   (1142 words)

 Salon News | "Gay panic"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
In an effort to keep their client from the death penalty, defense lawyers in the Matthew Shepard murder trial evoke a strange "gay panic" defense.
Several observers had predicted the defense team might resort to a "gay panic" defense later in the trial, if it could not convince the jury that drugs and alcohol diminished McKinney's ability to understand the severity of the crimes he committed.
And not long before the murder, he inadvertently entered a gay church with his girlfriend and fled sobbing from the sight of men kissing.
www.salon.com /news/feature/1999/10/26/trial/index.html   (673 words)

 Salon News | Gay panic lite   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
Aaron McKinney's lawyer sent his murder trial to the jury Tuesday morning with a gay panic lite defense, arguing that a sexual advance by Matthew Shepard triggered McKinney's murderous rage, which was aggravated by his drug abuse.
McKinney, 22, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in the October 1998 bludgeoning of the 21-year-old gay college student.
Quiet bombshell in Matthew Shepard trial Judge Barton Voigt throws out the gay panic defense, gutting the case for a manslaughter conviction in place of murder.
www.salon.com /news/feature/1999/11/02/shepard   (723 words)

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I believe that the first step in defeating the "gay panic defense" lies on the shoulders of the police officer.
As the first responder to a scene in which the victim is a member of the GLBT community and is the target of a crime due to his/her own sexual orientation, law enforcement officers need to be able to report the crime articulately and thoroughly when completing their incident report.
A comprehensive and inclusive incident report will assist attorneys in the effective and successful prosecution of cases in which the "gay panic defense" is being used.
www.11alive.com /news/news_article.aspx?storyid=59416   (384 words)

 The GULLY | Gay Mundo | Anti-Gay Panic Sweeps Poland
Homophobes are on the rampage in Poland, banning or attacking gay pride activities, equating gays with pedophiles in the media, quashing queer studies in universities.
A lesbian and gay culture festival was held in May in Cracow, Pope John Paul II's hometown, despite virulent opposition from local and national politicians, much of the press, and the powerful Catholic Church.
The June "Equality Parade" to celebrate gay pride in Warsaw was banned by conservative mayor Lech Kaczynski, one of the country's most popular politicians.
www.thegully.com /essays/gaymundo/040827_gay_lesbian_poland.html   (1855 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | How gay panic gripped 1960s Royal Navy
The Royal Navy was so gripped by a security panic over gay servicemen in the late 1960s, admirals believed at least half of the entire fleet had "sinned homosexually".
Documents released by the Public Record office reveal commanders buried a series of scandals including homosexual affairs on an aircraft carrier, transsexual prostitutes in the Far East and hundreds of men using a "male brothel" in Bermuda.
But the navy had long insisted that gay personnel were not only detrimental to good discipline but also prey to flmail.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/2378811.stm   (900 words)

 The "Gay Panic" defense -- and more -- the latest in humor and political satire
The "Gay Titanic" defense: You're in a movie theater, trying to concentrate on the world's most popular disaster epic, but all you hear are sniffles from the man sitting right behind you.
The "Gay Oceanic" defense: You're on a pleasure cruise to tropical ports, and on the first night out, your waiter says, "My name is Mark -- I'm here to serve you." Everyone else at your table seems pleased by the attention; you're the only one who knows what he's suggesting.
The "Gay Messianic" defense: You're reading the Bible, looking for guidance in your life, when you come across the words "Love thy neighbor." Instead of a nice warm glow, you feel a burning in the pit of your stomach and a fury that can't be contained.
www.yesrick.com /110699.htm   (662 words)

 Prosecutors call for end to 'gay panic' legal defenses | News | Advocate.com
Prosecutors in San Francisco on Thursday called for limiting the use of "gay panic" defenses in criminal trials.
On the second day of a two-day national conference devoted to debate of the legal strategy, in which defense attorneys claim their clients' crimes are justified because of fear or anger toward their victims' sexual orientation, prosecutors said such a rationale is no longer acceptable, the Associated Press reports.
But one conference participant—Angela Harris, a professor at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley—said that while laws against "gay panic" defenses would be helpful, the legal strategy will eventually lose its effectiveness over time as gays become more accepted into mainstream society.
www.advocate.com /news_detail_ektid34179.asp   (234 words)

 Dispatches from the Culture Wars: The GOP's Gay Panic Button
He is the co-founder of Michigan Citizens for Science and The Panda's Thumb and has written for such publications as The Bard, Skeptic and Reports of the National Center for Science Education.
The third reason gay marriage will fail as an issue is that Bush is bucking the tide of history.
But 2006 may be remembered as the year Republicans pressed the gay panic button and it failed.
scienceblogs.com /dispatches/2006/06/the_gops_gay_panic_button.php   (1176 words)

 GLT » Bill aims to eliminate gay/trans panic strategies in criminal trials
The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, Assembly Bill 1160, which seeks to limit the “gay panic” or “trans panic” defense in murder trials, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 4-2 vote on Jan. 10.
The panic defense has been used in trials involving criminal acts committed against people based on their sexual orientation or gender.
He said the gay panic plea puts the victim in the role of the criminal, proliferating society’s view that anyone who is different is deemed less equal.
www.gaylesbiantimes.com /?id=6606   (1300 words)

 LOGOonline.com : News : Prosecutors Tackle 'Gay Panic' Defense
What the murder cases have in common, according to prosecutors and police officers who gathered here Thursday, is that each of the victims were gay or transgender, and the defendants successfully used that information to persuade judges and juries that it made them less culpable.
Cynthia Lee, a professor at the George Washington University School of Law, said prosecutors could, for example, tell jurors that the term "homosexual panic" was coined by a psychiatrist in 1921 to treat anxious patients with same-sex sexual urges.
"Homosexuality, latent or otherwise, is not a mental disorder, and homosexual panic is not a recognized disease or mental disorder," she said.
www.logoonline.com /news/story.jhtml?id=1536838   (760 words)

 Gay Rights Watch: Gay Panic Defense: Going, Going... Gone?
Gay Rights Watch: Gay Panic Defense: Going, Going...
In California, a bill to prevent the use of the "gay panic defense" is progressing.
The bill, if passed would require the judge to instruct the jury (if attempted by the defense attorney) that the use of societal bias, including so-called "panic strategies", to influence the proceedings of a criminal trial is inconsistent with the public policy of the State of California.
www.gayrightswatch.com /2006/01/gay-panic-defense-going-going-gone.html   (321 words)

 New York Blade Online
After officials began an investigation into the death, Merida, who is married and has a 2-year-old son, used a gay panic defense as one of his three excuses for the crime.
“This is the first time that we have ever heard the ‘gay panic’ defense was attempted in a murder case,” Ross said.
He agreed with Ross that it appears to be the first time anyone has claimed ‘gay panic’ as an excuse, but pointed out it was not used in the defense since Merida pled guilty.
www.nyblade.com /2005/1-7/news/national/panic.cfm   (910 words)

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"Gay panic is when a defendant says, 'I was justified in killing or hurting someone because that person made a gay pass at me,'" said Howard.
While it worked in Reed's case, a Fulton county jury rejected the defense in the baseball bat beating of a Morehouse College student.
One of the speakers during symposium will be the metro area's only full-time liaison to the gay and lesbian community.
www.11alive.com /news/news_article.aspx?storyid=59417   (346 words)

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