Ok, I'm in complete and utter shock right now...
Remember Angie Zapata? I wrote about her being murdered by a hate-filled man last summer? And how I couldn't believe that it was anything but a hate crime?!
Well, the trial is over now and her murderer was found guilty of first degree murder and of committing a hate crime!
I've been following @justiceforangie on twitter and I got a bit panicky when they announced that there was already a verdict. I think many of us were afraid of what the outcome would be and whether or not any sort of justice would be served, especially after only a couple of hours in deliberation. We eagerly refreshed our accounts to get the news as it was happening and were feeling quite anxious as we learned each verdict. The sentence is mandatory life without parole.
It's hard to say whether or not justice is really served in cases like these. Angie isn't now magically back just because of the verdict. But the thought that this case taken seriously by the jurors is incredible to me. It must count for something, however slowly we move forward, right?
Great places for more information about the trial in general: TransGriot and Questioning Transphobia.
I'll update this post with more links as I get the chance, but I really just wanted to post this as soon as I heard.
- At Thu Apr 23, 12:06:00 PM Monica Roberts said...
I was surprised at the speed of the verdict, much less the fact that in relatively conservative Weld County Andrade was convicted.
- At Thu Apr 23, 03:42:00 PM frau sally benz said...
I think the reaction that we're all having is the same, and indicative of the overall problem -- trans issues are not taken seriously. So when somebody is treated like a human, we're just shocked!!