THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Oklahoma inmate and trans woman Ronny Darnell alluded to a suicide in a recent court motion that could result if her surgery isn’t granted in her pending federal case — this is an example of why one should never be their own attorney. Darnell needs allies in support of her case however, she may have lost a number of supporter with this dubious legal maneuver.
Suicide is a serious and widespread problem in the trans community and is likely the root of many legal actions taken by trans people. However, a compelling case must be built up with documented evidence supporting the suicide risk. Just saying there’s going to be a suicide as a legal maneuver amounts to blackmail — even if the threat ultimately turns into action. The legal system cannot be held hostage by a suicide threat.
Ms. Darnell has recently asked a judge for an attorney and I sincerely hopes that she lets that attorney handles things from here on out. Neither Darnell, the trans community, nor the legal system will benefit from the negative PR from this. I’m hoping this incident blows over quietly.
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