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  •  But is it useful to deflect from hate crime? (0+ / 0-)

    If it is useful to deflect a hate crime charge than it is "successful."

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:26:23 PM PST

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    •  While I would normally agree, (2+ / 0-)
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      if the killer still gets life without parole, or the death penalty, I don't know if it matters as much in this specific case, as the murderer already got the maximum possible sentence.

      In other cases, where the lack of hate crime charges would lead to a lesser sentence, I would agree to an extent.

      The point was that it's never been successful insofar as it's rarely, if ever, gotten anyone acquitted.

      The bigger picture the author was arguing for in this interview was the idea that the phrase "gay panic" is problematic in general, as it puts the focus on the victim, and not the root cause behind much anti-gay violence, which is the idea of masculinity.

      Here's the link, if anyone's interested.

      http://www.buzzfeed.com/...

      •  Wasn't giving you a hard time, and I totally (1+ / 0-)
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        agree that the problem with even fielding it as a defense is that it appeals to a flawed and dangerous cultural pattern that justifies violence.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:55:09 PM PST

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        •  I know you weren't. (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm sorry if it seemed like I interpreted it that way.

          I do hope they end up charging this guy with a hate crime, but it doesn't sound like they will.  In which case, at least we know the gay panic defense most likely will not work.

          Then again, it IS Mississippi.

          •  And that is comforting. (1+ / 0-)
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            In which case, at least we know the gay panic defense most likely will not work.
            I appreciate your insight and feel I got a nice mini legal education in just this single diary.

            "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

            by LilithGardener on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:02:15 PM PST

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