This workshop will explore biases in the criminal justice system associated with same gender and/or same sex criminal offenders and victims of crimes. The panel will examine and discuss the difficulty in prosecuting domestic violence cases in the LGBTQ+ community. The panel discussion will begin with a case study that will detail the investigation and trial of a lesbian who killed the woman she claimed to love. The victim was packing her belongings to leave the defendant on the day she was murdered, but like many victims of domestic violence, she never made it out the door. Unlike in cases involving other domestic violence victims, the killer was not held fully responsible for her murder. The panel will also explore the different difficulties and unique challenges that same-sex/LGBTQ+ victims face when navigating the criminal justice system including past experiences with police/law enforcement, not being believed due to LGBT+ identity, lack of LGBT+ specific resources, and other roadblocks that LGBT+ people face when participating in the criminal justice system. The panel will also discuss ways practitioners can better serve LGBT+ people including victims, witnesses, and defendants.
Speakers: Krista Peterson (Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office); Gavin Quinn (Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office)