On the eve of Jeff Sessions’s oversight testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice announced that it was sending a civil rights prosecutor to Iowa to assist in the state prosecution of Jorge Sanders-Galvez for killing Kedarie Johnson in March 2016. Johnson identified as both male and female and the prosecution’s theory is that Sanders-Galvez was motivated by Johnson’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Sessions’s announcement demonstrated that he has learned the art of distraction from his boss.
The Justice Department release was timed to defuse criticism that Sessions expected at the hearing on his civil rights record generally, and most pointedly on his record regarding LGBTQ issues. Indeed, officials suggested Sessions had made the decision personally and his spokesperson stated: “This is just one example of the Attorney General’s commitment to enforcing the laws enacted by Congress and to protecting the civil rights of all individuals.” Read more