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John McKeon. Assemblyman John McKeon. Photo by Carmen Natale

A bill to ban the use of a “gay or trans panic” defense in criminal cases in New Jersey courts, where a defendant claims provocation by sudden knowledge of the victim’s sexual orientation or gender, passed the full Assembly on Monday by 76-0 on a concurrence vote.

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Suzette Parmley

Suzette Parmley is the Trenton Correspondent who covers the N.J. Supreme Court, N.J. Legislature and Business of Law. She joined New Jersey Law Journal in Jan. 2019 from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she was the Atlantic City Gaming Writer, Trenton Statehouse Correspondent, and Retail Columnist/Reporter. A five-time winner of the annual Business Financial Writing Portfolio Award from the New Jersey Press Association and graduate of the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Email: Sparmley@alm.com or follow her on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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