Commission Submits Letter to Legislature in Support of Bill Banning Use of LGBTQ “Panic” Defense

On April 27, 2022, the Commission submitted to Pennsylvania House and Senate committee chairs its letter in support of legislation that would prohibit use of the so-called LGBTQ “panic” defense in Pennsylvania. The defense currently permits perpetrators of criminal offenses against LGBTQ Pennsylvanians to receive a lesser sentence and, in some cases, avoid being convicted or punished altogether.