Banning the Gay Panic Defense
In response to the Kevin Aviance bashing and one of his assailant's claiming that Kevin came on to him, we have been working with Assemblymember Ruben Diaz, Jr. to write a bill that would ban the "Gay Panic Defense." Gay City News has picked up the story.
NYS Bill Would Ban "Gay Panic"? Defense BY ANDY HUMM
Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr., a Bronx Democrat, has introduced a bill requiring judges in criminal cases to instruct juries to disregard appeals to bias and prejudice through courtroom tactics such as "panic strategies," his memorandum in support of it said. The bill, similar to one that passed the California Assembly, was introduced at the prompting of Tom Smith, former president of the Stonewall Democratic Club, after it was reported that a 16-year old arrestee in the attack on Kevin Aviance last week alleged to a TV news station that he acted after the drag singer made an inappropriate advance to him, comments that could be laying the groundwork for a so-called "gay panic" defense.
Diaz, Jr.'s Press Release on the Gay Panic Defense Bil
Here is the press release issued by Assembly Member Ruben Diaz, Jr. to ban the gay panic defense. The assembly member was urged to have this legislation written and introducted by SDNYC.
A huge priority for us next year will be pressing for the passage of this bill.
ASSEMBLYMAN RUBEN DIAZ, JR. INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO BAN THE “GAY PANIC” DEFENSE IN NEW YORK STATE
Key Legislation Would Instruct Juries to Ignore Appeals to Bias or Prejudice.
Gay Panic Defense Bill Text
The bill we've been working on with Assemblymember Ruben Diaz, Jr. is available online on the following site:
Enter bill number A12079.
The full text of the bill is after the jump.
We are working on banning the "gay panic" defense. Check out the other entries in this section for more information.
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