NBC News reports:
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pardoned a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking condemnation from activists who described the move as a “mockery of justice.”
Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was jailed in 2015 for killing Jennifer Laude near a former U.S. navy base. A trial court signed off on his early release last week for good conduct, but was blocked by an appeal from Laude’s lawyers.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has pardoned an American Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman, just days after his office blocked a court order to free him, the Philippine foreign secretary said https://t.co/lxwoqFodZ3
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 7, 2020
‘THIS IS REVOLTING!’
Atty. Virginia Lacsa-Suarez, Jennifer Laude’s lawyer, strongly denounced President Duterte’s grant of absolute pardon to homicide convict US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton. pic.twitter.com/tSz598uqg8
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) September 7, 2020
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) September 7, 2020
US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, who killed Filipina transgender Jennifer Laude in 2014, granted “absolute pardon” by President Duterte, according to DFA Sec. Locsin.
Pemberton made news headlines last week after an Olongapo court ordered his early release over “good conduct.” pic.twitter.com/n7OjIwWPE6
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) September 7, 2020