KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.

Crimes Against the Person: The “Gay Panic” Defense
2.9 crimes against the person: The “gay panic” defense
Should States Prohibit the “Gay Panic” Defense?
Learning Objectives
  • Know the definition of the “gay panic” defense.
  • Understand the various ways that a defendant may raise the “gay panic” defense.
  • Comprehend the California amendment abolishing the “gay panic” defense.
  • Comprehend the arguments for and against the “gay panic” defense.

Support the “Gay Panic” Defense

Letter to the South Australian Parliament by John White, President of the Law Society of South Australia (May 2013)

Letter to the South Australian Parliament by John White, President of the Law Society of South Australia (June 2013)

Oppose the “Gay Panic” Defense

Justice Michael Kirby, dissenting, Green v. The Queen [1997] HCA 50

American Bar Association Resolution 113A (2013)

Amendment to California Penal Code Section ...

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