Well, we just found out what a Black transwoman’s life is worth in Essex County, New Jersey.
Not a damned thing.
After a trial that started on April 30, included the testimony of the cousin of the victim and Marquise Foster and two days of five hour deliberation sessions, the jury in the Alrashim Chambers trial returned their verdict at 11 AM EDT this morning.
It acquitted the 25 year old Chambers of all counts in the September 12, 2010 slaying of 28 year old Victoria Carmen White.
The jury found Newark resident Chambers not guilty of murder, bias intimidation and two weapons offenses. Chambers took the stand in his own defense, maintained he was innocent in the years leading up to the trial and faced up to life in prison if he had been convicted of murder.
I repeat, WTF?
“Obviously, we and the victim’s family are very disappointed in the verdict,” said Essex County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Eileen O’Connor, who spoke with White’s relatives after the verdict. “But we put forth all the evidence in the case and did the best we could under the circumstances.”
What the hell were you thinking Chambers jury? You just set a murderer free to walk the streets of Newark. In the process you just announced to the world that it’s open season on transwomen in the area.
Once again, for a Black transwoman, the justice system failed us, Victoria Carmen White, her family and all the people who loved her..