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Thu Dec 3, 2015, 03:53 PM

US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino


OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine has been found guilty of killing a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender in a hotel in the Philippines last year.

Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted Tuesday of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl in the hotel they had checked into after meeting in a disco bar in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. Court clerk Gerry Gruspe said Pemberton was sentenced to up to 12 years in jail.

The killing has reignited calls by left-wing groups and nationalists for an end to America’s military presence in the Philippines at a time when the U.S. is reasserting its dominance in Asia, and Manila has turned to Washington for support amid an escalating territorial dispute with China.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/us-marine-found-guilty-of-killing-transgender-filipino/

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Reply US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino (Original post)
yuiyoshida Dec 2015 OP
yeoman6987 Dec 2015 #1
dhill926 Dec 2015 #2
nomorenomore08 Dec 2015 #5
left-of-center2012 Dec 2015 #3
uriel1972 Dec 2015 #4
stevenleser Jan 2016 #6
uriel1972 Jan 2016 #7

Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Dec 3, 2015, 03:58 PM

1. We left the Philippines but they asked us back? Yieks!

 

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Dec 3, 2015, 04:41 PM

2. "Court clerk Gerry Gruspe said Pemberton was sentenced to up to 12 years in jail."

For murder? Seems like an awfully light sentence...

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 12, 2015, 03:22 AM

5. Perhaps because it was spur-of-the moment rather than premeditated?

Regardless, I agree with you. This was clearly murder, not even manslaughter.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Dec 3, 2015, 06:04 PM

3. "after discovering her gender"

Reminds me of a murder in San Diego some years back when a sailor killed a prostitute
whom he learned was a guy in drag or transgender.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Dec 3, 2015, 07:46 PM

4. An embarressed apology and a quick exit...

would have been the appropriate response if you couldn't deal with the situation. No excuse for this, should have been life in prison.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 3, 2016, 12:20 AM

6. Not even embarrassed. "Oh, sorry, I'm straight. Bye and have a great night!"

 

Why would either of them be embarrassed.

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 3, 2016, 06:08 PM

7. I was taking the position of someone who couldn't handle the situation...

I figured they would be embarreses. If this... person could have handled the situation there wouldn't have been a problem.

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