The news out of Dallas is that Edward Thomas, the waste of DNA who violently put his hands on the late Muhlaysia Booker back in April, will be going to trial in October for that assault in the 195th District Court of Texas.
So what do you do when you're faced with mounting evidence that your client attacked a trans woman? Go for a cynical variation of the 'trans panic' defense and attempt to strip the trans woman of her femininity.
defense attorney in this case are objecting to the fact that prosecutors are asking Judge Hector Garza (D) to rule that the indictment can use Muhlaysia's name even though she hadn't changed it legally or on any identification documents.
The defense attorneys are using her dead name and disrespectfully referring to Muhlaysia as a man
"Pierre Booker is legally a male by gender. To name him 'Muhlaysia' Booker could have the jury wrongfully conclude that Pierre is female...This is prejudicial against our client ,who is male."
The defense attorneys are trying a variation of the trans panic defense to strip Muhlaysia of her femininity. They hope they can stir up transphobia in the jury pool and get potential jurors to not see Booker as the woman she is.
It also feeds this dangerous for us and patently false meme that trans women are just 'men in dresses'.
The Edwards defense attorneys also fear that if Booker is seen as the woman she is, it won't go well for their client. Society usually takes a less charitable view of any man who puts his hands on a woman, and the defense attorneys know that.
If he doesn't, I predict that Judge Garza is suddenly going to find himself being primary challenged in March 2020