AB 1160: Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act
Lead Author Assemblymember Lieber, D-San Jose
AB 1160 would amend jury instructions to state that the use of societal bias, including so-called "panic strategies," to influence the proceedings of a criminal trial is not permitted. It would also direct the Office of Emergency Services to develop materials for city and county prosecutors explaining how to prevent bias from affecting the outcome of a trial. This legislation is named in the memory of a transgender teenager from Newark, California, who was attacked and killed in 2002.
STATUS: Passed by Legislature. Signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on September 28, 2006.
BACKGROUND ON AB 1160:
Date Last Modified: 4/25/2008