Lambda Legal Blasts DOJ’s “Cynical Publicity Stunt” In Aiding Prosecution In Murder Of Iowa Trans Teen

Via press release from Lambda Legal:

Of course it is important and right that the Department of Justice assist in bringing to justice the murderer of Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson, one of the far too many transgender people, and especially transgender people of color, targeted in the ongoing lethal epidemic of hate violence. But it is the height of cynicism for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to use this – frankly rare – instance of civil rights enforcement under his tenure to deflect from the current department’s sustained opposition to its historic mission.

No one in the Trump administration has done more to harm LGBT people, and especially transgender people, than Jeff Sessions – and in a government chock full of anti-LGBT appointees, that is saying a lot.

From revoking the guidance that assured trans kids they were welcome in school to asserting that transgender workers do not deserve protection against employment discrimination to defending Trump’s unconstitutional ban of transgender troops, Sessions has again and again defined transgender Americans as second-class citizens and has created an environment that encourages and enables violence against trans people.

He has similarly undermined the civil rights and safety of people of color, through such actions as his order to review all consent decrees designed to address systemic police violence.

For Sessions now to seek credit for helping prosecute hate crimes against transgender people is akin to him handing out gasoline and matches and then looking for a pat on the back when he prosecutes someone for committing arson.

We hope that the Senators questioning Sessions at Wednesday’s oversight hearing of the Judiciary Committee are not distracted by this publicity stunt designed for their benefit and instead hold him accountable for the Department of Justice’s appalling failure to do its job under his direction.

Yesterday’s report on the DOJ’s surprising move is here. Bolding above is mine.

  • Bluto

    The evil fucking elf is up to something. No way in hell does he gives a shit about a murdered trans person.

  • Tawreos

    Of course they will help to prosecute after the death of an LGBT person, they think the only good LGBT person is a dead LGBT person.

  • shellback
  • S1AMER

    Just watch: Henceforth, every time the Trump administration does something to worsen the lives of LGBT Americans, our false-equivocating national press will write something about how “Yes, but Jeff Sessions once sent a lawyer to go after a hate-crimes nasty person, so the Trump administration doesn’t really hate all LGBT Americans.”

    Just watch: Encourage bias against millions, pretend to stand up for one victim, and reap the rewards of appearing decent.

    (To repeat myself: Damn everybody who voted for Trump and supports his presidency. Damn them all!)

    • Todd20036

      Damn anyone who DIDN’T vote for Hillary Clinton – non voters, Bernie voters, etc.
      Fuck them with a chainsaw. Twice.

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        Non-voters (of their own choice) share equal amounts of the blame for Donnie as those who actually voted for him!!!

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    • Ninja0980

      That is the whole point of this.

      • prixator

        Would it surprise anyone very much if the accused is found not guilty?

  • Karl Dubhe

    The person who was charged with the murder isn’t white.

    That’s the reason that the Evil Elf is sending ‘help’.

    • Nychta

      Wouldn’t surprise me if that’s a factor in Sessions picking this particular case.

  • Jay Mills

    If it twere a white perp we wouldn’t be having this convo.

    • Gustav2

      If it was a white perp it would be called a “good kill.”

  • Rex

    I don’t know what he’s up to, but I know it’s no good.

    • Todd20036

      And not the good kind of “no good”, either.

  • greenmanTN

    If you’re a sawed-off piece of shit clap your hands!

    *clap* *clap*

    You’re a garden gnome and you know it
    Incompetent so you’ll surely blow it

    If you’re a sawed-off piece of shit clap your hands,

    *clap* *clap*

  • Ken M

    Don’t hate him for doing this. If the murderer is indeed found guilty, it will be harder to retract our words. Wait until we lose the case, which I hope doesn’t happen, or until we win. I can hear the Elf already. “See what I do for them, and still they aren’t grateful.”

    • margaretpoa

      Whether or not there’s a conviction is irrelevant. Entirely irrelevant. Read the letter.

      • Ken M

        Tell the Johnson it doesn’t matter.

  • margaretpoa

    Ernie, the Keebler elf isn’t doing it out of a sense of getting justice for trans murder victims.

  • greenmanTN

    I know the killer is Hispanic. Is he an immigrant? If so that would explain a lot. Two birds with one stone, as it were.

    • Joe in PA

      Non-white is likely all that is needed.

  • netxtown

    The sincerity is so contradictory.

  • Christopher

    It’s clear that the media is looking at this with a side eye like we are. You can tell because they’re reporting on it. Something like this would normally fly under the radar.

    The Albino Goblin isn’t doing this for justice, or out of compassion for the victim.

  • Pete Wascher

    ty for this.

  • DesertSun59

    It was obvious from the very first that something about this was fishy.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    We have all learned, since grade school even – to never ever trust an elf.

    • Joe in PA

      Or a Republican. :*(

  • Joe in PA

    From DOJ:

    “This is just one example of the attorney general’s commitment to enforcing the laws enacted by Congress and to protecting the civil rights of all individuals,” said Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for the Justice Department.

    I would make some joke like “oh my sides”, but this is so much more serious. These fucks.

    • Ben in Oakland

      They should try reinforcing the civil rights act of 1964, which forbids so called Christian so called bakers from discriminating on the basis of religious belief.

  • Robincho

    This douchewipe gives me the keeby jeebies…

  • Mike in Houston

    I figure that the Keebler Elf probably sent the lawyer to see if there is a way to undermine the federal hate crimes statute.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    HRC and LCR tweeted we should give them a chance…and join them at their next cocktail party…

  • The_Wretched

    Legal prosecution is always faced with choices on how to frame cases and other matters of ‘legal expertise’. As we’re seen from the prosecution of cops, sometimes prosecutors aren’t out to win but only out to make a defensible case that they did their job. I have by doubts about how the DOJ plans to ‘help’.

  • JWC

    Get rid of them all

  • CJAS

    Session did the same as Alabama AG, attack minority rights in every way imaginable, then prosecute one or two bigots as cover.

  • MikeBx2

    Lambda Legal’s been reading JMG comments. That’s pretty much the way we saw it too.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Yup. I don’t know anyone here who didn’t call this.

  • Rrhain

    I almost…*almost*…hope that the defense team for the accused murderer use the stance of the current Justice Department as part of their defense: “See, even the Justice Department doesn’t really think trans people are deserving of any protections and the only reason they’re stepping in now is because of political correctness.”

    The hope is that the judge could slap that attitude down hard. But, I know that there’s no way that it could come out that well and there are so many ways it could come back to bite us.