Jeff Sessions 'personally' sends lawyer to aid persecution of LGBTI hate crime

Frederick Owens
October 17, 2017

The Justice department has transmitted a skillful federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to assist to summons a man pervade with murdering a transgender high school student previous year, an extremely different move that the authorities said was privately commenced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not a man on the frontline of Civil Rights. Jorge Sanders-Galvez, whose trial is set to begin on October 24, was charged in the death and a motive has not been revealed, according to the New York Daily News.

The rare decision to involve a federal prosecutor in a local murder case, first reported Sunday by The New York Times, follows pledges by Sessions to aggressively prosecute acts of violence against transgender people.

16-year-old Kedarie Johnson was shot to death last year in Iowa.

The Justice Department seldom allocates its lawyers to provide services as parochial prosecutors, and only in cases in which they can offer proficiency in areas that the federal government views as important.

"I know the responsibility that we have, and we have a responsibility to protect people's freedom, their religious rights, their integrity, their ability to express themselves, to push back against violence and hate crimes that occur in our country", Sessions said at a Justice Department summit in June. The defendant is Jorge "Lumni" Sanders-Galvez.

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Pro-LGBT law firm Lambda Legal accused Sessions of a "cynical publicity stunt" by seeking positive coverage for simply following the precedent set by the Obama administration, at the same time he works to undermine civil rights protections for transgender workers.

"The federal authorities are investigating the case as a federal hate crime, and so they would like to be part of the state case for seamless prosecution, should an indictment in federal court be handed down", Beavers said, the Des Moines Register reports. Sessions has spoken before about the need to prosecute hate crimes and has brought several cases himself.

Sessions' actions may have stemmed from a letter that he received in March imploring the Justice Department to look into the epidemic of black and transgender women being murdered.

The former Alabama senator has a reputation as a die-hard conservative who has battled against LGBTQ rights. In other words, while the DOJ may acknowledge that transgender individuals are discriminated against and specifically targeted, Sessions continues to support policies that enable discrimination against them.

In the initial local news reports of Kedarie's death, Lt. Jeff Klein was reluctant to name it a hate crime because under Iowa Code it didn't qualify as such.

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