gay panic defense
The “gay panic” defense for murder could be on its way out
Right now, 47 states allow someone charged with murder to claim they should be held less accountable because of their victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Being Freaked Out by Gay and Trans People Is Still a Legal Murder Defense in 48 States
Illinois is set to become the second state to outlaw gender identity and sexuality as motives for violence by defendants in court. What's holding the others behind?