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The Bobster
12-01-2015, 08:10 AM

US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino woman
By Associated Press
December 1, 2015 | 8:09am

US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton arrives in court before his murder conviction on Dec. 1 in Manila. Photo: AP

OLONGAPO, Philippines — A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a US Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country.

Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl in the hotel they had checked into after meeting in a disco bar in October 2014 in Olongapo, a city northwest of Manila. He was sentenced to six to 12 years in jail and credited with time already spent in detention, said court clerk Gerry Gruspe.

Jennifer Laude
Photo: Facebook

The court also ordered Pemberton, who has been detained at a Philippine military camp for about a year, to pay Laude’s family 4.6 million pesos ($98,000) in damages.

Laude’s mother, Julita, said that while she was happy the verdict detailed everything that had transpired, she was not pleased with the length of the jail term because she had hoped Pemberton would be found guilty of murder, a more serious crime than homicide.

“But the important thing is he will be jailed,” she said, crying. “My son’s life is not wasted.”

The Laude family’s private lawyer, Harry Roque, said that “this is a bittersweet victory because it is not murder,” adding that “if what he did isn’t cruelty, I don’t know what is.”

Witnesses had testified that Pemberton squeezed Laude’s neck, dragged her to the toilet and dunked her head into the bowl. Two of Pemberton’s US Marine colleagues testified that Pemberton told them, “I think I killed a he/she.”

Jennifer Laude’s mother, Julita, speaks to the press after Pemberton’s guilty verdict on Dec. 1.
Photo: EPA

The killing sparked anger in the Philippines and reignited calls by left-wing groups and nationalists for an end to America’s military presence in the country at a time when the US is reasserting its dominance in Asia and Manila has turned to Washington for support amid an escalating territorial dispute with China.

Half a block from the court, dozens of left-wing protesters rejoiced after the verdict was announced by burning an effigy of Uncle Sam and yelling “Justice for Jennifer!” Police, fire trucks and iron railings were used to prevent them from getting closer to the courthouse.

Pemberton, an anti-tank missile operator from New Bedford, Massachusetts, was one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who participated in the joint exercises last year. He and a group of other Marines were on leave after the exercises and met Laude and her friends at a bar in Olongapo, a city known for its nightlife located outside Subic Bay, a former US Navy base. At least two witnesses testified that Laude was a sex worker.

Pemberton and Laude left the bar and checked in together at a nearby hotel. About 30 minutes later, Pemberton walked out, leaving the room’s door ajar, according to hotel staff.

Pemberton testified in August that he had choked Laude during a fight that erupted when he discovered she was a transgender woman, but said she was still alive when he left her in a shower, according to his lawyer, Rowena Garcia Flores.

Lawyers for Laude’s family, however, said Laude was dead when Pemberton left her. Police have said that Laude had apparently been drowned in a toilet.

In the decision, Regional Trial Court Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde ordered Pemberton temporarily jailed at the New Bilibid Prison, a national penitentiary in suburban Muntinlupa City.

Roque, the Laudes’ lawyer, said a meeting was going on at the court to sort out confusion over where to detain Pemberton. Roque said police wanted to bring Pemberton to the national penitentiary, but that Pemberton’s lawyers were asking the judge to have him brought to Philippine military headquarters in suburban Quezon City, where he was earlier detained, as agreed to by the two governments.

In her decision, the judge said the two governments’ agreement was ambiguous and failed to state where Pemberton would be detained and which government would have supervision, so she ordered that he be brought to the national penitentiary, in accordance with local laws, until it is decided where he should be permanently held.

The case has revived a debate over which government should have custody of US military personnel who run afoul of local laws under a Visiting Forces Agreement the two allies signed in 1998.

The agreement, which allows US forces to conduct military exercises in the Philippines, says that the Philippines can prosecute American service members, but that the US has custody over them “from the commission of the offense until completion of all judicial proceedings.”

However, the Philippine Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that convicted US personnel must serve their sentences in the Philippines.

In a compromise last year, the US agreed to have Pemberton detained in a compound at Philippine military headquarters guarded by US Marines with an outer ring of Filipino forces.

Left-wing activists and nationalist Filipinos have cited the custody provision as proof that the accord was lopsided in favor of the US and undermines the sovereignty of the Philippines, which was an American colony until 1946.

Smedley Butler
12-01-2015, 10:30 AM
Who the phuck could read this whole steaming pile of words ?

Read a few disgusting lines.

Likely he freaked when found out it was a man.

Justice served ?

THE flip Island's are a cancer for the West, as FLIP's should be deported back every single one. Let them go to Dubai and other rag head ****rie's.

Too the flip mammy screaming needing a hanging IMO for raising a pervert, haa.:barf4:

Oh, and the Flip govt like Western regime's has no shame or decency for not denoucing their whore and pervert trade, filthy bunch of savages one and all they make Mexico look good.