[TRIGGER WARNING: MURDER, TRANSMISOGYNY, CLASSISM]
This is kind of old but a trans friend sent this to me and wow.
Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims
I mean, of course, in this country, rich people's lives are valued way more than poor people's lives. And of course, trans people are disproportionately at risk of living in poverty. But god damn, you're not supposed to say it out loud.
“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.
"Murder is only really bad if the victim is rich/cis." Wow.
At least the judge was having none of it.
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.”
Court Displays Basic Level of Human Decency.
I hope those extra four years were just for that lawyer's absolutely reprehensible argument.