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New Jersey Gov. Phil Muprhy - Photo by Carmen Natale/ALM New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy/photo by Carmen Natale/ALM

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a bill into law that makes New Jersey the ninth state to ban the use of the “gay or trans panic” legal defense in state courtrooms, where a defendant claims provocation by sudden revelation of the victim’s sexual orientation or gender.

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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 5-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 on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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