'Misgender' This, Copper
At the outset of a trial, the opposing parties often enter into stipulations in which both sides agree on certain facts. This is done to streamline the process and relieve jurors from hearing testimony about issues that are not in dispute. We have reached a pretty pass when, in some criminal trials, the parties cannot even stipulate to the sex of the defendant. And we have truly entered Bizarro World when a prosecutor can be punished for failing to share a male defendant’s deluded fantasy that he, the defendant, is a woman.
Currently viewing life from the wrong side of the looking glass is Los Angels County deputy district attorney Shea Sanna, who has been suspended from his position under an allegation that he “misgendered” and “deadnamed” a convicted child molester and accused murderer. The intellectual contortions and factual distortions required to arrive at the conclusion that Sanna is deserving of punishment are beyond the capabilities of anyone but the most ideologically devoted leftist, one of whom, alas, currently holds the office of district attorney in Los Angeles. As you read on, be confident it is not you who has lost your mind.
Recall the case of James Edward Tubbs, who in 2014, two weeks from his 18th birthday, sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in a Palmdale, Calif., restaurant bathroom. Tubbs avoided arrest for nearly eight years, and when finally captured he claimed to be a woman who now went by the first name of Hannah.
Despite the heinousness of the crime, despite the fact that Tubbs was nearly 18 when he committed it, under policies instituted by “progressive” district attorney George Gascón, Tubbs was not prosecuted as an adult as the law permits in such circumstances. Instead, he was allowed to plead guilty in juvenile court and be sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility.
You are surely having difficulty grappling with the logic in this, but to understand where the left has taken us, one must untether one’s mind from what is logical. Yes, Gascón allowed a 26-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl to be incarcerated with children. And it gets even stranger. While in custody awaiting his day in court, Tubbs gloated about the lenient treatment he would receive, even making crude remarks about his young victim. Tubbs made the comments on recorded jail telephone calls, calls which Shea Sanna, in the course of prosecuting the case, reviewed and brought to the attention of his superiors.
“So now they’re going to put me with other trannies that have seen their cases like mine or with one tranny like me that has a case like mine,” Tubbs says to his father in one of the calls. “So when you come to court, make sure you address me as her.”
Tubbs was gaming the system, Sanna told his bosses, in an effort to receive more lenient treatment. In the twisted, non-Euclidian moral universe that is the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, he succeeded. And not only did Tubbs profit from his manipulations, Sanna is now being punished for, while bringing those manipulations to the attention of his superiors, being insufficiently deferential to Tubbs’s claim of having magically transmuted into a woman. Yes, it’s Bizarro World.
Addressing the issue on KFI Radio’s John and Ken Show on Feb. 24, Sanna claimed his transgression against modern thought was merely a pretense for his suspension. The real reason, he says, is that he is among the many in the office who have resisted Gascón’s progressive policies. In summary, those policies have placed a thumb on the scales of justice so as to tilt them in favor of defendants, in effect turning the D.A.’s office into another public defender’s office. Laws duly enacted by the state of California prescribing longer sentences for certain crimes are ignored, as are case-law precedents. Gascón is fond of saying studies show these policies to be beneficial to communities, but in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, homicides nearly doubled from 2019 to 2021. In the city of Los Angeles, the increase was a more modest but still troubling 53 percent. The overall crime rate for the county over the same period rose from 554.6 to 585.8. Whatever studies Gascón may have in mind fly in the face of actual events.
Alas for Mr. Tubbs, traditional logic still prevails north of the L.A. County line, and he has been charged in Kern County with the April 2019 robbery and murder of Michael Clark, whose body was found in the Kern River in August of that year. Tubbs is being held under his birth name in a men’s jail.
It was once my misfortune to investigate a case in which a transgender woman, i.e., a man, murdered a woman (an actual one) half his size. The killer, despite claiming to have been a woman for years, still had intact male genitalia which, in jail telephone call recordings I am still traumatized at having heard, he liked to describe in graphic terms as to its use and abuse. How relieved I was when he pled guilty, for the judge had ordered that he be referred to as a woman at trial, an order I would have had great difficulty obeying.
Most of us who embrace the Judeo-Christian taxonomy of male and female as outlined in Genesis have long taught our children not to stare, point, or laugh at the man dressed in woman’s clothing we may happen upon in the grocery store and, for the sake of good manners, allow him his peculiar pretense. But until what seems like yesterday, even the non-religious among us would have allowed the same pretense but drawn a bright line at being forced to share it.
Whether it was God, the Fates, or some unfathomable cosmic accident that ordained the shape of the universe and all it contains, the fact remains that out of the countless subatomic particles that emerged from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, some portion of them traveled through space and time to coalesce into human beings, every last cell of whom bears the unmistakable – and unchangeable – characteristics that mark it as male or female. To pretend otherwise is folly, one that should have no place in the courtroom.