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New York attorney literally argues it should be okay to murder prostitutes

"Who is the victim in this case? Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?"

Lawyer: Murdering A Transgender Prostitute Not Such A Big Deal: Gothamist


A Queens attorney didn't do much to help his client yesterday when he argued that his defendant's hefty sentence for murdering a transgender woman should be reserved for someone who kills "certain classes of individuals."

Last month, 32-year-old Rasheen Everett was convicted of the 2010 murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a transgender prostitute. Prosecutors said Everett, who has a history of abuse, choked the 29-year-old Gonzalez-Andujar to death allegedly after he discovered she had male genitalia, bleaching her body and fleeing her Queens apartment with her camera, suitcase, keys, laptop, coat and cell phone. "He said he choked her until she wasn’t breathing," the prosecution's witness, Darius Ferguson, told the court.

But at Everett's sentencing hearing yesterday—at which he was served a sentence of 29 years to life—defense attorney John Scarpa caught the ire of the judge when he argued against the victim's character. "Shouldn’t that [sentence] be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?" he reportedly asked, adding, "Who is the victim in this case? Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?"