Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation
New York

Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims

Friday, December 6, 2013
Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

NEW YORK — A New York attorney on Thursday said the murder of a transgender woman wasn’t worth the same punishment as if his client had killed someone “in the higher end of the community.”

“A sentence of 25 years to life is an incredibly long period of time judge,” said John Scarpa, as he asked a judge to go easy on his client, Rasheen Everett, who was convicted last month in the 2010 murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar.

“Shouldn’t that be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?” asked Scarpa, according to the New York Post:

Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter scolded Scarpa as he sentenced Everett to 29 years in prison.

“This court believes every human life in sacred,” he said. “It’s not easy living as a transgender, and I commend the family for supporting her.”

[...]

Everett, 32, was convicted of strangling Gonzalez-Andujar last month. They had met through an ad, and he was allegedly shocked to find she had male genitalia.

Throughout the proceedings, Scarpa stunned the victim’s family as he detailed her sexual past.

“Amanda was engaged in a life of prostitution, life of drug use, HIV exposure,” Sharpa said. “She was having sex with other individuals knowing she had the chance of spreading diseases.”

Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, was found dead in her ransacked New York apartment on March 30, 2010, her naked body sprawled across the bed. She had been stabbed several times, including in the neck and chest.

Buchter described Everett as “coldhearted and violent menace to society” before handing down his sentence.

Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , , ,

Filed under: New York

148 more reader comments:

  1. Some people do have that cold, evil thought

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:57pm
  2. One fucked up attorney

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:57pm
  3. The attorney is a jerk!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:58pm
  4. That’s bullshit.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:58pm
  5. Everyone’s life has value the attorney needs to learn respect

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:58pm
  6. sad commentary on human life

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:58pm
  7. BULLSHIT,THE JUDGE WAS RIGHT,HOW DARE THEY!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:58pm
  8. That piece of shit human!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:59pm
  9. >:-/

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:59pm
  10. What’s the attorney’s life worth? Not much

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:00pm
  11. Whoa. People slay me.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:00pm
  12. Wtf

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:00pm
  13. Wow, does he still have a job?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:00pm
  14. I don’t usually hold with valuing human life variably. But this is a good argument for it. Lawyers like this are definitely worth nothing to me!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:01pm
  15. are you FUCKING KIDDING ME? ugh

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:01pm
  16. It’s sad and disturbing that this attorney thinks this person’s life has no value. Everyone has a value in life. Anyone who thinks differently is messed up.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:01pm
  17. But then again, he will get his one day. What is it 10 fold?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:02pm
  18. Sick fuck. I wonder who else he thinks belongs in that “not as important” category.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:02pm
  19. its shit like this I hate. I am a victim of the system like this. its not good it just makes monarchs of us all.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:02pm
  20. Everyone bleeds red.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:03pm
  21. A life is a life no matter the mistakes she made. What does that say about the perpetrator when he was meeting her for prostitution? Maybe his life isnt worth anything either since he resorted to paying for sex? In that case he should get the death penalty? Smdh this attorney should lose his license with that train of thought.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:03pm
  22. thinking of the family x

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:04pm
  23. And who is he to determine that?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:04pm
  24. That bullshit..It does not matter what or what is not between your legs. You are human and deserve love and respect.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:05pm
  25. WTF !

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:06pm
  26. What the hell….piece of shit…

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:06pm
  27. Excuse me? As long as they weren’t murdering and raping people or using their money to destroy people less fortunate than them, or hunting exotic/endangered animals for sport, then they sure as hell hold more value in this world than the majority of people we hear of these days

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:06pm
  28. Bullshit

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:06pm
  29. WTF, that so called attorney must be disbarred immediately.
    He truly shows what a “lower class” of human life is truly all about!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:06pm
  30. Good on the judge, at least.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:06pm
  31. wtf! so not right

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:06pm
  32. This jusge though gives me hope. He could have easily just sat there and given a sentence but instead corrected the attorney and honored the victim.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:07pm
  33. Wow what a disgusting person! That judge should’ve tossed his worthless ass right out of that courtroom

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:07pm
  34. It wasnt the gender issue he was pointing at it was the prostitution -this is a misleading headline etc. But who is he to determine someones worth? How should anyones life be worth more than any others?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:07pm
  35. typical case of putting the victim on trial. this was not a case about prostitution, and there was no evidence to suggest that the victim was a prostitute. that was a claim by the defense to demean the victim put her on trial rather than his client -- likely because she is transgender.

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:58pm
  36. He should have gotten a longer sentence.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:08pm
  37. That lawyer has no right to speak about class, since he has none. Sick little ambulance chaser.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:08pm
  38. Piece of scum attorney. His life is the one with no worth.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:08pm
  39. I am speechless.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:12pm
  40. ALL HUMAN LIFE IS EQUAL IN VALUE

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:12pm
  41. That’s bull shit.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:12pm
  42. WTF??? Every life is valuabel. No matter race, color, age, gender!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:13pm
  43. Maybe he isn’t worth that much…. the attorney that is…

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:15pm
  44. WTF??? That lawyer needs disbarment!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:15pm
  45. I’m glad the judge wasn’t as much of a bigot as the attorney. My heart goes out to Amanda’s family. May she rest in peace

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:15pm
  46. My biggest question is why is this attorney’s name not disclosed. Seems every victim is plastered all over the news but those that spew hate are protected. It’s time to hold these people accountable

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:16pm
  47. the attorney's name is right in the second paragraph of the article.

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:07pm
  48. How did this sub-human graduate from law school? To dismiss this young lady as less “value” than someone else is disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:17pm
  49. Never mind I just re read and found it

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:17pm
  50. That is disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:17pm
  51. That attorney is the scum of the earth, All life, Has value. Even his sorry excuse for a human being.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:17pm
  52. Insane for him to even say that!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:19pm
  53. its really true most lawyers is nothing but trash

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:20pm
  54. That is a genuine WTF???? The lawyer should be disbarred with immediate effect. Unbelievable.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:21pm
  55. Because murdering a transsexual prostitute is less illegal than killing white granny?!? Douche!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:22pm
  56. His valuable of a life is his? Clearly bit worth very much and certainly far, far less than this victims! Stop the hate!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:23pm
  57. Wow thats f#*~ed up. A life is a life no matter race, sexaul preference or religion.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:23pm
  58. Huh?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:24pm
  59. Lawyers don’t even believe most of the shit they say. This guy took the wrong route, his client is locked up, and he prolly wont be finding any decent work in the near future. If that was the best argument he could support, i have no clue how he passed the bar exams

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:24pm
  60. Wtf?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:24pm
  61. Humanity ???

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:25pm
  62. He’s basically admitting it was a hate crimes and deserves extra charges.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:26pm
  63. I’m thankful the judge valued ALL life

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:27pm
  64. Thanks belong to Judge Buchter for recognizing a basic truth of our justice system. We all are of value.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:28pm
  65. murder is murder no matter what class you are! I think the judge gave a proper sentence for the crime but I would’ve filed additional charges for it being a hate crime.. that is very clear in this case. the lawyer is a dumb smuck who doesn’t deserve to be in a court room. he has no clue what it means to protect and up hold the law. karma will take care of them!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:34pm
  66. FIRE HIM! JESUS!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:35pm
  67. Who is he to decide how valuable ones life is?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:35pm
  68. did that guy take a stupid pill or something, all life is important.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:35pm
  69. “You’ll face your judgment another day, and suffer eternally!”
    From a song about lawyers like this.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:37pm
  70. WTF!! A Person Sexuality Is No Reason To Kill or Hurt Them!! My Wife Is A Transexual Woman, And I Love Her With All My Heart!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:38pm
  71. Gender =/= sexuality

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:28pm
  72. Being transgender isn't a sexual orientation... There are transgender people of all orientations. Calling it a sexuality doesn't make any sense.

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:45pm
  73. Fortunately the judge disagreed. Doubt any defense attorneys will be trying this tactic in the future.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:39pm
  74. I thank God for that judge. He has a good head on his shoulders. All life is sacred.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:41pm
  75. That goes without saying. Still that way.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:41pm
  76. That attorney has a closet too.

    Sisters: We need to start OUTING.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:42pm
  77. So by the attorney’s way of thinking, if someone murders an attorney (lower class of person) they should be set free? That’s what I’m hearing!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:43pm
  78. This is why I study law, we need rid of bigots like this!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:48pm
  79. I look at myself and I understand my new life has no real value. I fail to be able to ever be able to support myself to self sufficient levels. Society also deems me to be a pretender and gives me no real cadence. Right now, because of the hole society would have me in, I am not even worth the shovel to bury the hole.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:48pm
  80. eugh

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:49pm
  81. Intrinsically all human life has value equal to those of all individuals and as such this man deserves capital punishment.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:50pm
  82. Wow!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:52pm
  83. WTF!!! He shouldn’t even be able to call himself human. And the piece of shit that killed her is even less than the lawyer.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:54pm
  84. people like this make me literally sick to my stomach. But hopefully justice will be served.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:55pm
  85. wow… so this is where we are as a people in this day and age? give me a fucking break already. this is sad. and wrong!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:02pm
  86. horrible

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:03pm
  87. Greatly appreciate the judge’s response to the attorney.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:04pm
  88. What I want to know is, why only 25 years? I don’t care who the victim is, every single person convicted of first degree murder should never see the light of day again.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:04pm
  89. he wishes, her life was worth as much as any other…ass hole!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:06pm
  90. This world is going to hell. The day someones sexuality dictates their value in life is a sad day. The fact that this “lawyer” even managed to mumble the words out of his mouth are disgraceful. If I were his family and friends i would be so embarrassed.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:08pm
  91. That’s so wong every live is a gift no matter the oriantashion

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:09pm
  92. Every persons life is precious and valuable

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:12pm
  93. What a dirtbag!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:20pm
  94. What an ignorant thing for an attorney to say

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:23pm
  95. ça craint grave , non sommes touts humain.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:26pm
  96. What is even sadder is that most societies teach children to think likewise !Some even teach them to kill us LGBTs.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:30pm
  97. bitch!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:31pm
  98. She was a beautiful woman and no one had the right to take her life because of her lifestyle..

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:35pm
  99. Life is a gift no matter who u are. The Lord is the one u only to deal with. We all are Gods children …

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:39pm
  100. Thank god for that judge!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:40pm
  101. Every life is valuable

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:42pm
  102. i think the public needs to call for the attorney to be bared from ever taking another case

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:43pm
  103. disgusting. i hope lgbt groups put the hurt on him, by letting everyone in the area know what he said. i’ll be happy when his client list declines by 50%. we can’t disbar him for being a shithead, but his career can be ended other ways.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:45pm
  104. Shameful!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:53pm
  105. oh really? so then your life is woth nothing because of your statement. I HOPE you get murdered ASAP you DUMBASS!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:55pm
  106. disdusting

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:06pm
  107. REALLY??? This is so disgusting and infuriating!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:06pm
  108. The attorney basciy said that “if you are not rich, not connected, then your life is not worth much.” Which means me and my whole family are not worth that much.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:09pm
  109. churches and the Gop don’t care for us ,,except our money and what they can get from us..

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:12pm
  110. I read these things and say how how do these people even have the nerve to speak up with these hateful statements.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:20pm
  111. That’s so sad. A human is a Human no matter who.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:35pm
  112. … I’m done.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:43pm
  113. Stop the world, I want to get off?

    Replied on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:19pm
  114. Makes no sense!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:46pm
  115. Sleazoid.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:47pm
  116. sad. :(

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:48pm
  117. :(

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:52pm
  118. That lawyer would not want to have a conversation with me!4

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:54pm
  119. The is of course ignorant and the lawyer doesnt know the value of human life, and if it was their child the defense would have been much different!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:03pm
  120. This “lawyer” needs to be dis-barred for these comments. This douchebag woke up on the seriously STUPID side of humanity.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:04pm
  121. That piece of shit bigoted lawyer should be disbarred for making such a hateful and ignorant comment! Kudos to that Judge for standing up for what is right and sentencing tjat monster murderer to 29 years prison!!.. I only wish that he would have slammed that stupid lawyer in jail for contempt also!! smfh. R.I.P. my sister.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:08pm
  122. Tragic

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:11pm
  123. life just became more difficult …

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:15pm
  124. OMG That Attorney should be disbarred

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:16pm
  125. Wait is the claims about her HIV true? If it IS true I agree that isn’t right to continue to have unprotected sex with other peopke if that is the case but I also agree that the killer should have life in prison as it would for every other person not right

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:18pm
  126. This attorney should be barred. The judge is amazeballs

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:19pm
  127. Despicable for someone to say that about anyone!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:22pm
  128. Wtf!!! Have his attern

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:28pm
  129. Wtf!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:28pm
  130. What makes ones life more or less valuable? What law school did this attorney attend ? Only in America can a hate crime be so trivial. Not to the victim or their loved ones. Hate is hatred and hating us for what, being humanists? Really?

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:29pm
  131. attorney needs his ass kicked bad

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:33pm
  132. What a terrible thing to say.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:37pm
  133. Absolutely atrocious!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:42pm
  134. Wtf is a higher class victim? A human life is a human life!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:58pm
  135. and republicans still say there is no such thing as class inequality

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:06pm
  136. Jennifer, sexuality isn’t the same as gender

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:17pm
  137. If you have blood YOU ARE HUMAN, fucking idiot

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:17pm
  138. VERY SAD

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:25pm
  139. I can’t think of harsh enough words to describe this lawyer..

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:27pm
  140. wow

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:34pm
  141. Wow… I can’t believe this guy would say that in court!

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:46pm
  142. Oh wow. I have no words.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:06pm
  143. What the fuck! What a dirt bag that Attorney is!! I’m glad the court didn’t agree with his stupidity !

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:13pm
  144. Disgusting. A person is a person, no matter what.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:19pm
  145. Ethan Smith, there isn’t a death penalty in NY state that’s why 25 years…

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:19pm
  146. Does the attorney believe he is just? Evidently he does, but he is very wrong.

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:28pm
  147. Good on this judge for his statement mad his sentence he handed down

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:35pm
  148. Wrong

    Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:54pm