Angie Zapata Hate Crime Murder Trial Yesterday, Today... (+)
by: Autumn Sandeen
Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 11:45:00 AM EDT
During the day, I'm microblogging/tweeting fact based statements about what's going on with the Angie Zapata Hate Crime Murder trial, and then also pointing people to what I'm writing at Pam's House Blend. Jen from ProgressNow Colorado has been adding helpful announcements (such as the one for the Angie Zapata Family Vigil) and links to other mainstream media articles on the subject.
So yesterday, it was all out-of-the-public view jury selection process. At least half of the day today will be the same.
This afternoon (at earliest), it's expected that mini opening statements will be given to potential jurors, and I should be able to be in the courtroom when the roughly 3-minute long synopsizes by both prosecutor and defense team.
At earliest, we expect opening statements to be given to the selected jurors Thursday morning.
So, this may also be a light day of news from the trial.
As the trial goes on, daytime will be for microblogging, and my evenings will be editing videos (if any), and doing that "new media reporting" -- which is reporting with a visible agenda.
My visible agendas will be 1.) reminding you, the reading public here at The Blend, that Angie Zapata was a young girl who went on a date -- no matter what happened during the date, she did not deserve to die a brutal, violent death. Angie, above all else, was a human being who didn't deserve this. And, 2.) Angie was a young, transgender woman, and the reason the admitted murderer gave in his affidavit for murdering her so brutally was because she was a transgender woman. This trial will have implications on national hate crime legislation coming up in Congress this year, so I'll be discussing why I believe hate federal crime legislation needs to be fully inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in relationship to this case.
So, I'm off to breakfast, and then off to court.
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