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NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on November 24 that the Appellate Division had correctly reversed the hate crime manslaughter conviction of Dwight R. DeLee in the 2008 killing of Lateisha Green, a transgender woman, in Syracuse. Unlike the intermediate appeals court, however, the high […]

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Transgender rights advocates are hailing the request by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, for full briefing and oral arguments regarding an appeals court ruling that overturned a first-degree manslaughter hate crime conviction in the 2008 death of a transgender woman in Syracuse. Dwight R. DeLee, who was […]

Hate Crime Conviction in Trans Woman’s Slaying Thrown Out

Hate Crime Conviction in Trans Woman’s Slaying Thrown Out

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Jury confusion about how to deal with a defendant charged under New York’s hate crime statute has resulted in an appellate ruling setting aside as “inconsistent” the guilty verdict in the homicide of a transgender woman. Dwight R. DeLee, who was 20 at the time, was arrested for shooting and killing […]