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Sudden Heat: The 'Gay Panic Defense'

Jake New

Three years ago this Christmas, Indiana University assistant professor Don Belton arrived at the home of former-marine Michael Griffin for a dinner party. Two days later, he was dead and accused of sexually assaulting the man who killed him.

Did Griffin and his lawyers use a controversial legal tactic known as the “gay panic defense” to get a lighter sentence for the crime?

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