David Grosso Phil Mendelson Bella Evangelista D.C. D.C. Council Dupont Circle David Grosso Phil Mendelson Bella Evangelista

Dupont ANC calls on Council to approve bill banning ‘panic defense’


The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted unanimously on Sept. 9 to approve a resolution urging the D.C. Council to pass legislation banning the use of the so-called gay and transgender panic defense in criminal trials in the District.

One of two bills pending before the Council calling for banning the defense, the Tony Hunter and Bella Evangelista Panic Defense Prohibition Act, has been stalled in the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety since it was first introduced by Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large) in 2017.

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