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Calif. governor signs bill prohibiting ‘gay panic’ defense in murder charges

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that prohibits the so called "gay panic" defense from being used to escape murder charges. Current state law allows murder charges to be reduced to manslaughter if the killings happened in a sudden quarrel or in the heat of [...]

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Calif. Assembly approves ban on ‘gay panic’ defense, bill heads to governor

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Assembly approved AB2501 on a 50-10 vote Wednesday. [...]

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Calif. lawmakers consider bill to ban ‘gay panic’ defense in slayings

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prevent defendants from using a so-called "gay panic" defense to escape murder charges. [...]

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Bar association: ‘Gay panic’ defense should be curtailed by legislation

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
ABA
SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Bar Association voted Monday in favor of a resolution urging state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation restricting the availability and effectiveness of the use of “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses by criminal defendants. [...]

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Appeals court upholds ruling that ‘gay panic’ was not sufficient defense

Monday, June 20, 2011
Michigan-Court-of-Appeals
A Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's decision rejecting use of the so-called "gay panic defense" in a case where the defendant attacked and severely beat another man for what he testified was unwanted sexual advances. [...]

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