NEW YORK — A New York attorney on Thursday said the life of a murdered transgender woman wasn’t worth the same punishment as if his client had killed someone “in the higher end of the community.”
Piece of scum attorney.My blood is fucking boiling.
The attorney and whomever that scum is defending are the worthless ones
All right, listen up, Tumblr. This is one of the few times I’ll actually give a social commentary, so here we go. When you’re a lawyer, your job is to fight for your client. No questions asked. You make whatever argument you can. You verbally rip apart people on the stand when they side against you. You say whatever you need to. Do I think this murderer is a piece of scum? Yes. Do I think his lawyer is probably a piece of scum too? Yes. But this has to be said. When you’re a lawyer, sometimes you’re forced to do dirty work. Because at the end of the day, if people stop fighting for the guilty ones, sooner or later, there’s no one to fight for the innocent ones either. You got a problem with that? Don’t be a lawyer. Problem solved. Does what this lawyer said suck? Yes. But it wasn’t your friend or family member that got murdered and it’s not years of your freedom on the line, so kindly fuck off. This lawyer’s job is probably hard enough as it is.
You’re fucking awful. Kindly fuck off
He said she was less than human.
What does that have to do with his job at all.
How does that make the murderer any less guilty?
I am a lawyer. (Disclaimer: I am not your lawyer. Consult a lawyer in your own state for anything that affects your rights.)
What this scumbag said does not fall under the ambit of zealous representation.
Arguments made to a court have to have a basis in law or a reasonable argument for reversing existing law and/or making new law. (I’m paraphrasing.)
There is no basis in law to argue that the murder laws do not or should not apply to transgender women or sex workers because of what kind of people they are or because their lives are somehow less valuable. None. Zero. Nada.
If I were that judge, I’d have reported the attorney for a Rule 11* violation for even making that argument, and be looking into my state’s rules of professional conduct to see what else he might have violated by doing so. In my state, even without a provision specifically protecting people on the basis of gender identity, I would be comfortable making the argument that this lawyer’s conduct was prejudicial to the administration of justice as a knowing manifestation of bias or prejudice based on sex. See TNRPC 8.4(d) and Comment 3 thereto.
Attorneys get enough shit for legitimate zealous representation issues without muddying the water as if every argument an attorney makes is ok because of zealous representation. It is not. This is not ok.
Also, if the commenter who posted that is a lawyer, they need to take a few more PR CLEs, because zealous representation does not and has never meant “you say whatever you need to.” Doing so violates Rule 11, shows a lack of candor toward the tribunal, and contributes to the degradation of the profession.
Does zealous representation mean we sometimes have to do things that seem unfair - hell, that are unfair? Yep. I can’t give a specific example because of my own professional limitations, but even in the short time I have been practicing law I have had to make arguments based on existing law that I know is unfair.
Does zealous representation extend to making an argument that a human being wasn’t really a person worthy of protection of the laws against violence because of who they were or what job they did? No, I can’t think of a set of facts where that would be true even in a PR hypothetical for students, much less real life. To make a Rule 11-compliant argument, the lawyer would need a cogent and reasoned analysis as to why the Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t apply to this victim such that they should be exempted from the protection of the laws against murder. “Because bigotry” is not such an argument. Again, I can’t think of any argument that would pass Rule 11 to get around equal protection of the laws against murder because of the status of the victim.
This is not just a “oh, popelizbet is a dang hippie lawyer” argument, either. Prominent law bloggers with many more years of service than I, whose politics barely brush mine, are condemning this. This kind of hateful garbage brings disrepute on our profession because it is morally wrong to make these kinds of arguments. Scummy lawyers get away with enough fuckery without people excusing things they do that are inexcusable based on their complete misunderstanding of what zealous representation actually is.
*Some states may not designate the rule with this rule number, but in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 11 is, in part, the rule against making arguments to the court that are not supported in law or do not advance a colorable argument to change existing law. A similar Rule exists in the Rules of Criminal Procedure. To my knowledge, every state has adopted this portion of the Federal Rules.
Reblogging for the commentary. I’ve seen people use this “Lawyers have to say horrible things to get their clients off” argument quite a lot. Glad to see its more or less a fallacy.
“But it wasn’t your friend or family member that got murdered and it’s not years of your freedom on the line, so kindly fuck off. This lawyer’s job is probably hard enough as it is.”
It may not be my friends and family, but I have friends and family who- hell, <i>I</> am a similar type of person who’s life this lawyer is arguing is less than others for who she is. So. Yeah. It DOES fucking matter to me. It is extremely important because if we let this stand? It could one day be MY life, my wife’s life, my friends’ lives, that they are arguing is inherently worth less.
Also, you think this lawyer’s <i>job</i> is hard? Our LIVES are hard. And we don’t get paid for our efforts, and we can’t retire from them, or quit. So, kindly go fuck a duck.
the term “aro-ace” is especially lovely because it also sounds like “arrow ace.” are you aromantic and asexual or are you an incredibly skilled and deadly archer. surprise, you’re both
Let’s not forget the original arrow ace:
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DID YOU GUYS KNOW THERE IS A BIKER GANG CALLED RESCUE INK THAT BREAKS UP DOGFIGHTING RINGS, CONFRONTS ANIMAL ABUSERS, CONFISCATES NEGLECTED ANIMALS AND INVESTIGATES STOLEN ANIMALS
YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS BADASSERY HERE
This is why you cant trust women, even when theyre mouth is closed theyre still lying to you
you do realize that this is really hurtful right?
i did not do this to show how i am ‘lying’ to men or anyone, it’s not about how you, as a man, should feel about it - it’s about myself.
to me your statement sounds as if the left side of this picture is something awful or horrible. and no, it’s not. it is my face - with and without makeup. and whether i chose to wear it or not is MY AND JUST MY decision. and when i do, i do it for myself - so that i feel good about myself - not for you.
So not only do men expect women to be 100% picture perfect looking, but when they actually wear makeup and look nice, they’re lying about their appearance!!! Wow, it’s like no matter what women do, they lose!!!!
"Wow, it’s like no matter what women do, they lose!!!!"
It’s night right now
There’s something else you should be doing at the moment
You ate chicken today
You are lactose intolerant
There’s a nearby TV on
You get along with your neighbors
Twilight is a horrible series
You’re hungry right now
You have worked out today
Running a mile sounds awful
You have a job
You love to bake Christmas cookies
Your parents are still together
You woke up before 8 this morning
Baths are better than showers
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Victoria’s Secret is a good store
Cats are better than dogs
The 90’s sucked
Your cell phone is right next to you
Your favorite color is either blue or purple
Your hair is short
You are by yourself right now
The last thing you drank was water
You’re in your PJ’s right now
Your hair colour is natural
Fred from Youtube is annoying
You don’t drink soda
There’s at least 20$ in your wallet
It’s cold out
Orange juice is better than apple juice
You love someone right now
Video games are awesome
Your sheets are white
You have read works by Shakespeare before
You’ve been professionally diagnosed with a psychological disorder
You know someone in the hospital right now
You’ve showered today
You know someone who has beaten cancer
Sneakers are your favorite shoes to wear
Chocolate is better than vanilla
You’re allergic to peanuts
You’ve never been to New York
You’ve never been on a varsity sports team
You’re using a laptop right now
Plastic surgery is a good idea
Vanilla is the best scent a girl can wear
You’ve made yourself throw up (when I was sick, calm down guys)
You’ve cheated on someone before
You have a broken heart at the moment
Your friend/s do drugs
School is too early
Your nails have nail polish on them right now
You have a tan right now
You’ve been on a diet before
You shop in plus sized clothing stores
Hot Topic is scary
You have used a hair straightener
Shopping online is easier than shopping in an actual store
You’re in Verizon’s network (wtf is verizon)
Cheesecake is delicious
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Your birthday is within the next 2 months
You’ve been rejected
Comedies are better than action films
Math is the best subject
You are fluent in more than one language
You love Greek food
You consider yourself a picky eater
You have more than 3 pillows on your bed
You live with one of your parents or both.
You’re happy right now
You are a high school graduate
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You had braces
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You currently have a $2 bill in your possession
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You wish at 11:11
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You have had your heart broken
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You have been to a cemetery at midnight
You have stayed up for 48 hours straight
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You own a pair of scrubs
You own a cowboy hat
You own a leather coat
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You have been let down recently
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You would rather have a one-night stand than a relationship
You would rather win $500 from the lottery than guest on a game show
You have met someone famous
You have met the President
You go deer hunting
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You have dyed your hair an unnatural color
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You share your room with a sibling or roommate
You have won an award
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You would marry someone 20 years older than you for a million dollars
You have cried yourself to sleep within the last week
Your last phone call lasted longer than 5 minutes
You love to go camping
You have been in a wedding party
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You have made out with a complete stranger
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You have lost a good friend recently
You have made a new friend recently
You can burp your ABC’s
You have hair past your shoulders
You have been on an airplane within the last 3 years
You have had someone question your sexuality
You are happy with your life at the moment
You live within an hour of the beach
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You are currently wearing something blue
You never leave the house without make-up
You have been caught stealing
You drive a stick shift vehicle
You have pretended to be happy when you really weren’t
You have kissed someone who’s name begins with ‘A’
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You ended your last relationship
You have been in a relationship that lasted more than 3 years
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You go tanning regularly
You watched Sesame Street as a kid
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You were obsessed with the Backstreet Boys back in the day
Your mum was younger than 25 when she had you
Your dad is over 50
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You usually go to bed before 11pm
You have been in Walmart at 4am
You have been skinny dipping
You have gotten pulled over for having a tail-light out
You have ridden a train within the last year
You went to Six Flags last summer
Your birthday is in March
You wear shoes larger than a size 9 (I don’t know american shoe sizes)
There are at least 2 windows in the room you are in
You have kissed in the rain
You slept alone last night
You are on a diet
You have ridden a bike within the last month
You have been swimming within the last month
You have gone camping within the last month
You consider yourself an ‘outdoorsy’ type
You consider yourself a ‘city’ type
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You are a twin
You sleep with the door shut
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You take the crusts off your sandwiches
You have gotten the mail in your pajamas
Your room is currently clean
You have gone more than 3 days without a shower
You bite your nails
You have fainted before
You live with someone who smokes
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You were in track in school
You were in softball/baseball in school
You were in basketball in school
You can do 20 good push-ups
You have let a friend cry on your shoulder
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You have been to a wedding this year
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You have lived in your current place longer than 10 years
You like black jelly beans
You have big plans for the weekend
You know someone you’d like to see right now
You are hiding a secret
You took this instead of doing something you were supposed to do
Crystal Reed for Unleash’d (December/January 2013)
Photographer Lalage Snow takes pictures of soldiers’ faces before, during and after the war in Afghanistan.
So, last night, I was getting ready to go out with my boyfriend to a dance at my school (which was cancelled due to lack of ticket sales) and, I had a nice black vest and a nice white shirt, and my uncle had just came home the other day from the mine (my uncle is homophobic and he has abused me many times throughout my child hood) and when I had came out of my room to show my memere how nice I looked, my uncle was in the room that i thought my grandma/memere would be in (she was downstairs doing laundry), and he asked me why I wasnt wearing a dress.
my memere and dad both know that I am transgendered and they respect that, however, my uncle does not, and he did not know.
so I decided to sit down and tell him the truth.
he listened carefully and quietlly through all of it, but at the end of my explanation he had said, “I didn’t raise you to be fucked up.”
I agreed, I am a huge mess, I have been for years, but my sexuality and gender identity is not a fuck up, so I argued with him.
he got to a point where, after so many months of piece, he slapped me.
and threw me to the ground and kicked me in the stomach, of course I had puked, and it hurt, a lot.
he grabbed me by the shirt and asked me, “are you a girl”, I said no, my sex is female, but my gender is male..and he dragged me to his room.
he once had a big dog, and he made that dog wear an eletrical dog collar, and weve always kept it in his room, because we dont need it (my uncle killed the dog), he threw me onto the bed and said,” ill ask you one more time, are you a girl” I said no.
held grabbed my wrist, and held onto it tightly, I have a bruise from how tight he was grabbing it, and he pulled out the dog collar, threw me back onto the bed, sat on me, and put the collar on me… then he began yelling, are you a girl, you are a girl, are you a girl, you are a girl, and my response of course was no, no, no, I am male, I am male.
whenever I said that, he would shock me, and it was /hell/.
I was screaming, which only caused the shocks to get worse and worse, and then he said, “do you want to find out how faggots have sex!?” of course I already know this, but still I said no no no no stop stop stop.
my memere had finally heard me and came rushing to the bedroom, and tried to make my uncle stop, but he pushed her down, and thanked god she was okay.. since shes very fragile and all.
she then ran back to the stairs to call up my dad, and oh boy did he run.
he ran up stairs and shoved my uncle away from me and started fighting with him, yelling, punching, kicking, and such so on.
my memere got the collar off of me and brought me into her room, and after my dad and uncle were done fighting, my uncle had grabbed the things he needed and left, shouting a few insults at us.
we called the police today, but they cant find him.
we dont have money for a lawyer, all we have is a counsellor, im not going to ask for money, all I ask for is support.
I dont know what this will do, but please spread this around, this has affected me and family members greatly. I was taken to a hospital today to check if there was any damage on my insides that we dont know of and thankfully there was no damage, just scarring, emotionally and physically. i had a horrifying nightmare relating to this as well.
If you have abused somebody, raped somebody, insulted somebody, in any way possible, I hope this can somehow change your way of heart, and realize how much this can horrify a person, and ruin their lives. it made my life 97x worse than it already is.
The biggest shock of Paris’s spring-summer 2014 fashion shows came on the otherwise calm and gentle Nina Ricci catwalk, when two topless activists from protest group Femen crashed the podium.
Grabbing a startled model making her way down the catwalk, they screamed “fashion fascism,” with words decrying the sexualization of the modeling industry written in make-up. One had “Fashion dictaterror” scrawled on her naked torso, the other “Model don’t go to brothel.”
One British model, Liverpool-born Hollie-May Saker, was caught in the middle, with the protesters brushing against her lamé-and-lace skirt.
“The next thing I just see half-naked women with black marker pen scrawled across their bare chests and that’s when she came at me….As she grabbed my arm she lifted my skirt exposing me – I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose,” Saker told the Echo. (Photo: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
So, to fight back against the sexualization of the modeling industry, these women assaulted a model and forcibly exposed her?
Protip: You’re not fighting a patriarchal system by assaulting women and exposing them against their will.
I have literally never heard of a positive thing done by Femen. Seriously. They need to stop. First the blatant Islamophobia, and now this? Really?
If your idea of feminism includes racist bullshit and attacking women who don’t conform to your exact image of a feminist, guess what? You’re a complete asshole and you’re misrepresenting feminism as a whole.
I *hate* Femen. Literally they are the reason feminism is viewed in a bad light. They’re the West Borough Baptist of feminism and I can’t stand it.
wasn’t it discovered earlier this year that FEMEN is run entirely by some rich israeli dude who required women to submit topless ‘audition’ photos before they can officially become a member
im pretty sure it’s not an actual feminist organization at all it’s really fucked up
white feminism bankrolled and controlled by old rich white dudes
Yo I’ve reblogged this before but the article linked above is so crazy important it’s not even funny.