ABA Section Promotes Effort to Stop Gay 'Panic' Defense

The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section has taken up a resolution to protect victims of so-called gay and trans “panic” legal defenses, the Wisconsin Gazette reports. The resolution proposes no longer allowing defense attorneys to use tactics asking a jury to find that a victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation is to blame for the defendant’s excessively violent reaction. The ABA House of Delegates must pass the resolution at the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in August for the recommendations to become official ABA policy.