Damages in Boys Dont Cry Murder Argued Before Nebraska Supreme Court

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Lambda appeals meager award against sheriff who ignored dangers that led to murder
January 9, 2000

(NEW YORK, January 9, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is urging Nebraska’s highest court to hold a Richardson County sheriff more accountable for his failure to protect a rape victim, who was raped and later killed because of his gender identity.

On Friday, January 12 at 9:00 a.m., the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear argument in Brandon v. Richardson County. Lambda Senior Staff Attorney David S. Buckel and Herbert J. Friedman of Friedman Law Offices will appear on behalf of Joann Brandon, the mother of victim Brandon Teena, and will be available afterwards on the courthouse steps to answer questions from the media.

The importance of the Brandon case to ensuring law enforcement protection for all who may be targeted by bias-related violence is reflected by the 33 civil rights and victims’ advocacy organizations that have joined Lambda in its appeal. Among them are the American Civil Liberties Union, National Organization for Women, Southern Poverty Law Center, Parents of Murdered Children, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, American Public Health Association, and the Anti-Defamation League.

WHAT: Nebraska Supreme Court argument in Brandon v. Richardson County WHO: David S. Buckel, Senior Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Herbert J. Friedman, will speak to reporters afterwards on the courthouse steps WHERE: Nebraska Supreme Court, 2413 State Capitol Building, Lincoln, Nebraska WHEN: Friday, January 12, argument scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CST quote>

(Joann Brandon v. County of Richardson, Nebraska, No. S-00-0022) — 30 —

Contact: Peg Byron at 212-809-8585 ext. 230 or 888-987-1984 (pager)
David S. Buckel at 212.809.8585 ext. 212


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