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Missouri’s First Transgender Inmate Execution – One America News Network

A lethal injection facility is indicated. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation photo via Getty Images)

OAN Geraldine Berry
Updated 4:04 PM PT – Monday, January 2, 2023

Missouri transgender inmate Amber McLaughlin is set to become the first openly transgender woman to be executed in the United States unless she is granted a pardon by Governor Mike Parson.

The 49-year-old, who is currently in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend in 2003, will die of an injection on Tuesday. Her death warrant had been issued when she was under the name Scott McLaughlin, before McLaughlin transitioned.

On December 12, the inmates submitted a 27-page pardon application.

The lenient petition focuses on many things, including the turmoil in McLaughlin’s upbringing and the mental health problems she acquired as a result. I was never informed. The request also mentions that McLaughlin has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder. This is a condition that causes suffering and other symptoms as a result of a mismatch between a person’s gender identity and the gender assigned at birth.McLaughlin has also experienced depression, suicidal thoughts, and other symptoms. It says it does.

As an example, included in the petition, McLaughlin alleges that her foster mother rubbed poop on her face when she was a toddler and that her adoptive father used a stun gun on her.

Several organizations, including seven former Missouri judges and appellate judges and two members of the Missouri legislature, have endorsed McLaughlin’s lenient plea. increase.

On December 15, former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Wolfe wrote to Governor Mike Parson (Republican) urging McLaughlin’s sentence to be commuted to life in prison without parole. In their letter they argued: McLaughlin was stripped of jurorship. ”

“McLaughlin’s jury stalled and refused to pass the death sentence. If evidence of mental health, including brain damage, had been presented, it would have led to a life recommendation,” the judge notes.

First-degree murder charges against McLaughlin were upheld in 2006. A federal appeals court panel reinstated the death penalty in 2021 after a federal court panel ordered a new sentencing hearing in 2016.

According to the Anti-Execution Death Penalty Information Center, no openly transgender inmate has ever been executed in the United States.

Parson’s spokeswoman Kelly Jones said the governor’s office is considering her request.

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