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CommonDreams – Bill To Curb “Panic Defense” Passes Assembly – 31 May 2014

May 30, 2014
2:03 PM
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Bill to Curb “Panic Defense” Passes Assembly

SACRAMENTO – May 30 – The California Assembly passed AB 2501, a bill authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla that is designed to curb the so-called “panic defense” by making it clear that a defendant’s discovery of a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is not sufficient provocation to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, passed by a bipartisan vote of 50-18. Continue reading