State lawmakers put an end to ‘gay panic’ defense for violent crimes

ALBANY — Lawmakers have banned a controversial legal defense strategy known as “gay panic,” an idea that defendants that commit violent crimes — even homicide — do so because of temporary insanity brought on by their victims’ sexual orientation or gender identity.

The tactic deployed by attorneys, also called “trans panic” when used against transgender victims, asks jurors to sympathize with a defendant’s violent behavior because of shock.

Wednesday, state lawmakers in

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