Sessions Vows To Prosecute Anti-Trans Hate Crimes

Another unexpected move from Sessions. Via Politico:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing to aggressively enforce federal hate crime laws, countering concerns among civil rights groups and some of his former Senate colleagues that he might put such prosecutions on the back burner.

“I know the responsibility that we have, and we have a responsibility to protect people’s freedom, their religious rights, their integrity, their ability to express themselves, to push back against violence and hate crimes that occur in our country,” Sessions told federal prosecutors gathered for a Justice Department hate crimes summit in Washington on Thursday. “So, we’re going to do that, I will assure you, in every way.”

In his remarks, Sessions went out of his way to vow vigilant pursuit of violence against transgender victims. “We have and will continue to enforce hate crime laws aggressively and appropriately where transgendered individuals are victims,” the attorney general said.

Sessions noted approvingly of the sentencing last month of a Mississippi man to 49 years in prison for the murder of a transgender woman (a case filed during the Obama administration) — the first federal hate crimes prosecution involving the targeting of a transgender victim.

It’s worth noting that while in the Senate, Jeff Sessions voted against the Hate Crimes Act.

  • safari

    Forgive me if I don’t trust anything he says.

    • james1200

      He’s learned from Comrade Trumputin: say the politically correct thing but do the opposite and scream “fake news” when challenged. This is all right out of Putin’s playbook in how to govern.

    • Kissmagrits

      Apropos of nothing in particular….doesn’t Sessions look like a cross between a Leprechaun and a startled Wombat? Makes me giggle.

  • Dejerrity

    Could the scared little weasel actually be doing the right thing for a change?

    I doubt it.

  • Todd20036

    To quote Tom, the cartoon cat who always chased Jerry:

  • Jonathan Smith
    • james1200
      • Christopher

        It would be fan-fucking-tastic if SNL could get him to play Sessions, but he’d probably do a better job of portraying Lindseybelle Graham.

        • james1200

          He can do both!

          • Christopher

            A separated at birth sketch!

        • Acronym Jim

          He would also be ideal portraying his vocal doppelganger, “pastor” Robert Jeffress.

      • greenmanTN

        I don’t care if they bring him back as a zombie, Beverley Leslie better be back in the reboot. Those two were hilarious together.

  • clay

    How’s his department going to accomplish that having eliminated most of those investigators?

    • Boreal


  • Christopher

    Why does this come to mind?…

    I would say “I’d trust him as far as I can throw him”, but he’s a tiny, miniscule of a “man”, and I could probably chuck him pretty far.

  • JWC

    We should trust him WHY??

    • kaydenpat

      We’all have to wait and see.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I just want Mueller to be aggressive with his investigation so these traitors get prosecuted and we will never see them again.

    • Christopher

      I’d be cool with seeing their perp walks.

  • Lazycrockett
  • safari

    O/T: #HeterosexualPrideDay is trending.

    • Lazycrockett

      They could have at least thrown a White in there.

      • Tawreos

        It’s implied.

      • glass

        And a #Christian just to nail down the fake persecution.

  • BobSF_94117

    He was laundry-listing and put “religious rights” and free speech above hate-crime enforcement. We know what that means.

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  • Brad Henderson

    Sessions will prosecute for anything. There’s money to be made by increasing the prison population.

    • bambinoitaliano

      He’ll get his wish if Mueller investigation produced the result that get hundreds of the shit gibbon families, friends and his administration including Sessions himself plus the GOP traitors.

  • Mike in Texas

    Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. (Not holding breath)

  • david fairfield

    There’s something odd about this virulently anti gay administration that they haven’t gone after us, and in fact have gone out of their way to keep us out of what could be the reversal of our progress (religious liberty bill etc). Are they afraid of the additional backlash? Is Trump actually telling them to leave us alone? Is it Ivanka? What is it???? I’m not optimistic, the axe could fall at any false moment, I’m just bewildered by it……

  • skyweaver

    Nobody believe you, Jeff

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    Never Expected Jeff Sessions to be the most pro-LGBTQ person in this administration, but heck, nothing makes any sense anymore.

    • Tawreos

      That is an exceedingly low bar.

  • RJ Bone

    Yeah, we’ll wait and see.

    I suspect it’s going to be a whole lot of “but that wasn’t a hate crime” in response to A FUCKING TON of hate crimes.

    Don’t trust that troll with ANYthing.

  • Cuberly

    If I’m not mistaken, Marist leans left, but still.

    • clay

      AND that survey was conducted BEFORE the CBO scoring and other details were available.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    “So, we’re going to do that, I will assure you, in every way.” You also assured us you never had contact with any Russians. We’ll look forward to you proving our skepticism wrong. These are only 2017 murders, and no doubt not comprehensive.

    Mesha Caldwell, 41,a black transgender woman from Canton, Mississippi, was found shot to death the evening of January 4. The murder is still under investigation and no suspects have been arrested.

    Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28, an American Indian woman who identified as transgender and two-spirit, was found dead in her apartment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A suspect, 25-year-old Joshua Rayvon LeClaire, has been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with her death.

    JoJo Striker, 23, a transgender woman, was found killed in Toledo, Ohio, on February 8. Striker’s mother, Shanda Striker, described her as “funny and
    entertaining” and said her family loved her deeply.

    Tiara Richmond, also known as Keke Collier, 24, was fatally shot in Chicago on the morning of February 21. A transgender woman of color, she was found dead on the same street as two other transgender women that were killed in 2012.

    Chyna Doll Dupree, 31, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in New Orleans on February 25. Chyna was a much-loved performer in the ballroom community who was visiting friends and family in New Orleans at the time of her

    Ciara McElveen, 26, a transgender woman of color, was stabbed to death in New Orleans on February 27. McElveen did outreach for the homeless community. As of February 28, 2017, HRC has tracked at least nine murders of transgender
    people in Louisiana since 2013.

    Jaquarrius Holland, 18, was shot to death in Monroe, Louisiana, on February 19. One friend, Chesna Littleberry, told Mic that Holland was “like a younger sister” and had helped her learn to accept herself.

    Alphonza Watson, 38, was shot and killed in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 22. Watson’s mother said her daughter was “the sunshine of our family,” a “caring,
    passionate” person who loved cooking and gardening.

    Chay Reed, 28, a transgender woman of color, was shot and killed on April 21 in Miami. Reed’s longtime friend told Mic about their longtime friendship — describing her as someone who was full of life and beloved by many.

    Kenneth Bostick, 59, was found with severe injuries on a Manhattan sidewalk, he later died of his injuries. Few details about Bostick’s life have been reported, he is
    believed to have been homeless at the time he was attacked.

    Sherrell Faulkner, 46, a transgender woman of color died on May 16, of injuries sustained during an attack on November 30, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Police are treating the assault as a homicide. No arrests have been made at this

    Kenne McFadden, 27, was found in the San Antonio River on April 9. Police believe she was pushed into the river, which runs through downtown San Antonio. A high-school friend of McFadden described her to local media as assertive, charismatic and lovable. No arrests have been made, but police said they have a person of interest in custody.

    Kendra Marie Adams, 28, was found in a building that was under construction and had burns on her body on June 13. Police have charged Michael Davis, 45, with Adams’ murder. Adams also went by Josie Berrios, the name used in initial media
    reports on her death.

    Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17, was shot and killed in Athens, Georgia on June 25 during an altercation in an apartment parking lot. In an online obituary, friends remembered Barrin as a “social butterfly” and an “amazing girl” who “loved to make people laugh.”

  • JustDucky

    Even if he doesn’t follow through on this (and I’ll believe it when I see it) it’s interesting that he felt the need to say it.

    Is “I’ll aggressively prosecute anti-trans hate crimes” the new “I have gay friends” or is something else going on here? Pressure from corporations? Trans* grandchild? We know it’s not empathy or basic human decency, so what is prompting this?

  • matrem

    He didn’t say they’d put much effort into said investigators.

  • The Sentinel

    He’s lying.

  • Acronym Jim

    OT (but still something interesting to legal nerds): Kate Wagner, the creator and administrator of the hilarious and educational tumblr has temporarily taken down her website after receiving a cease and desist letter from Zillow claiming copyright infringement. Kate takes photos from Zillow and other real estate listings and adds amusing commentary, pointing out architectural faux pas and absurd design themes (“an art”).

    Hopefully, this will come back to bite Zillow in the ass because a): they don’t have exclusive rights to the images posted on their OWN website; and b): Kate claims fair use of the images as satire and critical review – and she ALWAYS cites the origin of the image.

    Much more here:

    • safari

      McMansion Hell is a great website. I hope it comes back.

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  • CJAS

    Well the crimes committed by minorities anyway.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Stop reposting that pic! We’ve suffered enough! 😀

  • Alright then. We are already up 14 murdered trans women this year. Let me see your plans to address that, session. But I won’t hold my breath.

  • Ninja0980

    Does that mean you’ll denounce the bigots who have made trans people out to be threats to children who have to be stopped at all costs?
    If your answer is no, then STFU.

  • Dagoril

    Ok, who are you and what have you done with Jeff Sessions? 😉

  • Harveyrabbit
  • Pat

    Ava Le’Ray Barrin, the 14th victim this year, was 17 years old. I’ll believe this old bigot when he actually prosecutes a case. Until then, I’m skeptical.

  • Silver Badger

    Mr. Sessions is from the government and here to help us. The check’s in the mail and I promise the Asshole in Chief won’t cum in your mouth.

  • Barry William Teske

    Mentions protecting religious personal beliefs but not humanities need for open knowledge of self.
    Careful dareful, you faux pas’d there – or were you just practising your definition of appropriate?

    • Beagle

      He spoke of “their integrity, their ability to express themselves.” I’d call that close enough to “open knowledge of self.” Although, as many people have pointed out above, there’s a big difference between saying some words that could be interpreted as nice (but could also be interpreted in other ways) and backing words up with action.

  • anne marie in philly

    yeah, right; a racist LYING LIAR just like the dump!

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  • kareemachan

    Too little, too late.

    (Apologies to the trans crowd)

  • KnownDonorDad

    There’s some angle to this I’m not seeing. That, or I’m too skeptical.

  • bkmn

    We were talking about Sessy while we went to the farmers market this morning – primarily about how quiet he has been. I have seen reports that Mueller & Co. already have everything they need to prosecute Lyin’ Jeff and that he has reportedly been spending most of his time trying to destroy evidence that he hopes they don’t have.

    But don’t trust one damn thing he says, he is and always has been a complete shit.

  • Dk6

    why is this unexpected? for profit prisons have to be filled

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Talk is cheap. I’ll believe it when I see that they are specifically prosecuting these as hate crimes, not a catch-all of “crime”.

    • PeterC

      Sessions is in a tight spot, and he needs all the “good will” that he can gather.

  • Jefe5084

    Oh, that adorable elfin douche is such a fuckin liar.

  • DrRobY

    If he does this, I will applaud, but I don’t believe that he will.

  • thatotherjean

    Yeah, sure. I’ll believe it when I see it happen.

  • Hank
  • Tom Mears

    My guess is that his favorite piece of DC brown sugar has put “her” foot down.

  • I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re all too stupid to know they speaketh from all sides of their mouths. Their neurons don’t fire in the correct order, if at all. Sad.

  • TheManicMechanic

    He means that he wants to prosecute trans folk because he hates them.

  • JCF

    Does he have a close relative who’s Trans?