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On June 30th, New York became the seventh state to ban what is referred to as the “gay and trans panic defense”. Under the new law (Ch.45, L. 2019) that became effective immediately, a defendant is now precluded from raising the defense of extreme emotional disturbance upon discovering a victim’s sexual orientation, sex or gender. The defense had been used to mitigate a defendant’s culpability in a murder case by reducing the crime to manslaughter in the first degree.

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