IMPORTANT UPDATE/CORRECTION/RETRACTION: I just found an article from earlier this month, which does not provide a trial date but says that the trial begins in mid-July. So far it’s the only source I’ve found showing anything other than the original June 11 trial date, and I’ve yet to find anything actually saying that it has moved. I’m looking, but it is my best guess at this point.
Either way, the trial obviously isn’t getting the coverage it deserves if I can’t even find this much basic information until about my 10th attempt, if Monica, who is following the case significantly more closely than I am also couldn’t find the info, and if no one bothered to actually note a change after repeatedly reporting the June 11th date. But we can at least hope that it might not be as bad as we thought.
In light of all the above, I’m moving the original post below the jump.
A little over a month ago, I wrote a post about the upcoming trial of Dwight DeLee for the murder of Lateisha Green. Green was a trans woman, and it was anticipated that DeLee would attempt to use the trans panic defense, so the post involved a call to write to local Syracuse media asking them to follow style guides prescribing the use of correct names and pronouns for transgender persons.
This trial was scheduled to start yesterday, June 11. Today, I just read this post over at Transgriot, and I am shocked and appalled. It seems that those letters may have just been useless. Not because the media is misgendering Lateisha — but because they’re not covering the trial at all:
Yesterday the trial of the alleged killer of Lateisha Green, Dwight DeLee started in Syracuse.
You wouldn’t know that because if you Google it, check the local Syracuse media, the website of the Onondaga County DA’s office, and even the websites of GLBT groups in the area, you won’t find anything on the DeLee trial except old stories and link backs to TransGriot.
I guess if the victim is a Black transwoman, nobody gives a shit, especially if the trial is falling just before the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion that peeps who share Lateisha’s ethnic heritage helped jump off.
Try it out yourself. Because before writing this post, I too took a look. There was not a single hit through Google News for an article noting the start of the trial — though now, this blog post may pop up. Searching the websites of the individual media sources out of Syracuse turns up absolutely nothing as well. Not even a tiny little blurb saying that the trial has been postponed for some reason, which I was hoping against hope might be the explanation.
So, as Monica also notes in her post, we know nothing about the opening statements, whether or not DeLee’s lawyers are using the trans panic defense, whether Lateisha is being mischaracterized and misgendered, or if her family has anything to say about the trial. Nothing at all.
Lateisha Green is dead. She is dead, it is believed, because someone hated her on the basis of her gender identity. And now, whether because of transphobia, racism or misogyny — or my best guess, a mixture of all three — the media can’t even be bothered to mark the beginnings of the trial for her alleged murderer. Not with so much as a single word.
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