If bill is approved by Senate and signed by governor, New Jersey would become 9th state to ban the defense strategy
Tactic is used to justify a defendant's violent reaction to discovering a victim's LGBTQ identity
Bill prohibits defendants from attempting to justify violent crimes committed against LGBTQ people
Bill would prevent defendants from using a victim's LGBTQ identity to justify crimes like murder and assault
Bill would stop use of a victim's LGBTQ identity to justify a defendant's violent actions against them
Lawmakers vote 68-2 to prevent defendants from using a victim's LGBTQ status to argue for less severe punishments
The American Bar Association has previously urged states to pass similar laws
James Miller claimed he stabbed his neighbor after unwanted sexual advances
Both measures hope to bring a greater degree of equality to LGBTQ Illinoisans
Lawmakers in the Illinois House and Senate are weighing two pro-LGBTQ measures, and have sent a third to the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner to...
Measure would prevent defendants from using victims' LGBTQ status to justify homicide or assualt
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and faces second-degree murder charges after stabbing a transgender woman to death in Wichita, Kansas, according to Wichita-based ABC affiliate...