Andrew W. Wilkerson, attorney for Edward Thomas, the man videotaped beating transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker felt his client wouldn’t get a fair trial if the person he beat was identified to the jury as a woman. Wilkerson asked that the judge allow him to continue to misgender and deadname Booker in court to get his client a ‘fair trial’.
Muhlaysia Booker hadn’t changed her legal documents and the defense recognized that as an opportunity to put doubt in jurist minds as to her gender.
Edward Thomas was clearly seen on cellphone video going from bystander to main participant of the attack on Booker after he was given a package which turned out to be two hundred dollars by the man who was involved in the car crash that precipitated the attack on Booker.
Essentially, the attorney for Edward Thomas asked the judge to allow Thomas’ to continue his assault on Booker, even though she was since murdered and unable to do as much as throw her arms up in futile attempts of self-defense.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Thomas’ trial is scheduled for Oct. 14. A gag order is in place for the attorneys after Wilkerson made social media posts in June that referred to Booker as a man and characterized the assault as a fight between two men.
“To offer a man twenty years for a fistfight with another man is unconscionable and shows no regard for his life or his future,” Wilkerson said in a Facebook post on June 7, according to court records.
The charge against Thomas, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, is a second-degree felony that carries a punishment of between two and 20 years in prison. Police did not link him to Booker’s death in May.
In June, police charged 33-year-old Kendrell Lavar Lyles with murder after they said he killed Booker and two other people. Lyles has yet to be indicted on those charges in Dallas County, court records show.
It is the authors’ opinion that it is an act of violence to purposefully and knowingly misgender and deadname a transgender person, be they alive or dead.
Trump’s DOJ has asked the supreme court to do be allowed to commit similar acts of violence against trans people.
Evidently this was a precedent-setting ruling as transphobic hate has never been so transparent.