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Sessions orders hate crimes lawyer to Iowa

The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Kedarie (Kandicee) Johnson was a 16-year-old nonbinary student, who friends and family said identified as both male and female and also as gay.

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Usurping the law

On Thursday AG Jeff Sessions sent out a memo to all federal prosecutors stating the following:

Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.

This is a conclusion of law, not policy.

We have a response.

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Jeff Sessions: Words I can't believe in

Yesterday Judge Louis Guirola Jr. of the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi sentenced Joshua Vallum to 49 years in prison for the hate crime murder of Mercedes Williamson, a transgender Alabama teenager.

This was the first ever application of federal hate crime laws in regards to the murder of a transgender person.

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