scheduled for this tuesday Amber McLaughlin is executed, becoming the first transgender woman to be executed in the United States. If the governor of the state of Missouri, Republican Mike Parsons, doesn’t stop it.
McLaughlin is still indicted as Scott McLaughlin for the 2003 rape and murder of a woman, Beverly Guenther., but has formally petitioned Governor Parsons for clemency, alleging that he is suffering from brain damage and childhood trauma. If Parsons does not intervene, McLaughlin will be executed by lethal injection, CNN reported.
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The petition to the governor stated, “The investigation recognized McLaughlin’s sincere remorse and so did each expert’s assessment of him in the years following the trial.”
McLaughlin has been given a “concrete diagnosis of borderline intellectual disability” and He has been “universally diagnosed with brain damage as well as fetal alcohol syndrome.” The Center for Information on the Death Penalty—which opposes capital punishment—emphasized that McLaughlin is “the first transgender person to be assigned an execution date in the United States.”
Also, remember that the jury did not unanimously approve the death sentence, a circumstance that is required in most states that execute prisoners. “Missouri law recognizes that a non-unanimous jury is a deadlocked jury, so a rule was used that allows the judge to impose a sentence on his own,” he explains, while remembering that “Judge relies on circumstances to reject enhancement jury to sentence McLaughlin to death”.
Many political and civil society figures have called for McLaughlin’s execution to be quashed. Joe recalls that he was abandoned by his mother, repeatedly assaulted by his adoptive father and was the protagonist of “several suicide attempts”. He hasn’t started any legal process to change his name or begin physical transit, so he lives at the Potosi Correctional Center near St. Louis, an all-male facility.