Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Lateisha Green Verdict

Catching up on my Readering and wanted to make sure anyone who hasn't already heard through Twitter or other blogs know that the verdict in the Lateisha Green murder trial came in earlier this week.

Questioning Transphobia posted about it here:
Dwight DeLee was found guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Lateisha (lah-TEE’-shuh) Green outside a Syracuse house party in November because of anti-gay bias. The jury delivered its verdict after deliberating for about six hours over two days.

DeLee faces additional prison time because he was convicted of a hate crime. He becomes just the second person in the U.S. convicted of a hate crime that involved a transgender victim.

And Transgriot posted about it here:
But I can't get too happy. He wasn't found guilty of 1st degree murder. The sentencing phase has yet to be completed. I'm also bothered about the attempts to intimidate witnesses that need to be investigated and prosecuted.

But what I'm upset about is that TruTV didn't bother to cover this trial like they did the Zapata one.

It's not quite over yet, but Dwight DeLee will be getting jail time for kill Lateisha Green. How much of the 10-25 years he's facing is up to Judge Walsh.

Helen at QT also notes:
Also, although the case is notable for being the first hate crime conviction for the death of a trans person in New York, the current state of the legislation in NY includes real or perceived sexual orientation – but excludes gender identity. Meaning that Mr Delee was found guilty of a hate crime based on his perception of Lateisha Green’s sexual orientation – not her gender identity. And as we know, Mr Delee considered Teish to be a gay man, and not a trans woman.

Similarly to both Monica and Helen's sentiments I have to say that a "manslaughter" conviction for a shooting death seems less than adequate as far as justice goes. That the hate crime conviction stands as one about sexual orientation and not gender identity is also quite lacking.

I suppose, being as Teish is the second trans person to have their murderer convicted (the first in NY) that we are making progress?

But it's not nearly enough.