One of the cases that has affected everyone that works and lives in CA is that of Gwen Araujo. In memory and honor of Gwen, and that influence the her case had on so many we maintain this record of the Gwen Araujo justice for Victims Act.
San Francisco, CA – The nation’s first bill to address use of panic strategies, the Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act (AB 1160), was signed into law today by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Authored by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber and Sponsored by Equality California, the bill puts California firmly on record as opposing a defendant’s use of societal bias against their victim in order to decrease their own culpability for a crime. …more
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Great Columns on Gwen Araujo 2004 Trial
No issue of sexual deception. Gwen Araujo was just who she was (Letter by Dylan Vade)
San Francisco Chronicle, 05/30/04
Deadlocked jury sent a message of hope
San Jose Mercury News
Somewhere along the line, during two months of testimony in a Hayward courtroom, the jury got it. Even though the eight men and four women deadlocked on a verdict last week and the case ended in a mistrial, apparently they at least agreed that when someone is brutally kicked in the face, hit with a skillet, beaten with a soup can, strangled with a rope and finally bludgeoned with a shovel, it’s murder.
‘Gay panic’ in araujo case doesn’t justify lesser charge
San Jose Mercury News
If only Gwen Araujo had known when she went to a Newark house party on the night of Oct. 3, 2002, that she was walking right into the eye of a ”perfect storm.” A storm that would batter her and leave her dead at the age of 17.That’s how the defense attorney of one of three men accused of killing Araujo that night described their lethal mix of immaturity, insecurity, ignorance, fear, bigotry and rage: a perfect storm.
Don’t ask jurors to think like defendants
San Jose Mercury News (CA)
The fate of Jason Cazares, Jose Merel and Michael Magidson is now in an Alameda County jury’s hands. After two months of testimony, the trial for the killing of a Newark teen, Gwen Araujo, has gone to a panel of four women and eight men, who must decide what happened on an October night in 2002, when the transgender 17-year-old was killed in a house full of so-called friends .It’s a high-profile trial.