The medical examiner's conclusion that Chanelle
Pickett died of manual strangulation and suffocation did
not stand up in court.
Question: Do we have a medical examiner whose testimony doesn't stand up in court, or do we have a medical examiner who doesn't care enough about the lives of poor black transsexuals to do a careful job on their behalf? Or is there simply no medical testimony that can stand up against the power of money?
Members of the jury stated that the prosecution
did not do a good job of giving them the evidence they
needed to convict Palmer of murder or manslaughter.
Question: They convicted him of an assault and battery that led directly to Chanelle's death. How could they not convict him of manslaughter, which was defined by the judge as a death resulting from the actions of another, including, for example, a heart attack directly brought about by an altercation?
The prosecution's argument that William Palmer
killed Chanelle Pickett "to shut her up" was not
Question: If the prosecution couldn't come up with a more compelling case for first-degree murder, why didn't it admit to the jury that 2nd degree murder or manslaughter would be the appropriate conviction - or at least a possible alternative - instead of sticking with an argument it couldn't win?
Chanelle Pickett lived and died as a woman.
Question: Why does the media keep reporting on Chanelle as a "he", if not to fuel anti-transgender sentiments (and thereby violence) by an obvious show of disrespect?
Palmer admits knowing that the bar where he met
Chanelle was a transsexual hangout, but claims that he
didn't know that Chanelle "was a man".
Question: If he was so na´ve, so what? He picked her up at a TS hangout - wouldn't it be reasonable for her to assume that he knew about her? Could it be that Palmer led her to believe she had found a good man who truly liked her for what she was - a rare thing in the difficult life of a TS woman - only to cruelly reject her at a vulnerable moment, then use his size advantage to put an end to her inconvenient upset?
The Remember Chanelle Committee