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Bernina Mata- The Rabid Lesbian


EQUALITY: THE DYKIER, THE BUTCHER, THE BETTER: THE STATE'S USE OF HOMOPHOBIA AND SEXISM TO EXECUTE WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES:

     The case of Bernina Mata and the media frenzy that surrounded aspects of it reminds me somewhat of Aileen Wornous. She was a lesbian who killed a man she met in a bar one night. Her defense was that it was self defense, that he attacked her and she stabbed him to keep from being killed and raped. 


     The prosecutions case was- get this- that she was a hard-core-man-hating lesbian who killed him because was a man.
No, I'm not kidding.


     She was a lesbian and a prostitute. These two fact both had led to her fear of rape and violence because that it what she had learned so far in life. she expected it. Once she found out how easy it was to kill her johns as opposed to getting the shit kicked out of her; she took that route.


     Unfortunately this has been a surprising tactic among prosecution in recent years. It has become commonplace for a defendants sexual proclivity to be brought up in court. Again, no I am not kidding.


     My question is this; what does a persons sexual preference have to do with their penchant for murder? Should it ever be allowed into court? I think not. If the person is guilty of their crimes such as Bernina and Aileen then it should be 100% possible to bring them swiftly to justice without making a mockery of lesbianism or any other lifestyle choice.

     Bernina was spared a death sentence in 2003 by Outgoing Gov. George Ryan. Her case, however, has long since been studied for its alleged abuse of her sexual orientation during trial.