Defendants in New York state who commit assault or murder can no longer mitigate their crimes by claiming they were suddenly enraged or delirious upon learning that, for example, a person they were attracted to turned out to be gay or transgender. Amid Manhattan’s Pride celebrations yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill prohibiting use of the psychological defense, which has been debunked as scientifically unsupported.
Are there objections to the new law? Defense lawyers have complained it limits defendants’ options, calling it “yet another tool to incarcerate more people.”
Read this OZY feature of forbidden love behind bars.