Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lewiston Tribune: Transgender Woman Pleads Guilty to Battery

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

A transgender woman has pleaded guilty to a charge of battery in connection with a confrontation in a Lewiston bar.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that 26-year-old Ally Robledo's attorney says a brawl erupted when someone used gay slurs against her. That's when Robledo punched someone in the face.

Prosecutors said they had concerns that publicity surrounding the case could have led to an unfair trial. Robledo pleaded guilty to a charge of battery, and prosecutors are recommending a 180-day jail sentence with 175 days suspended.

In a separate incident in April, Robledo said she was banned from Rosauers, a Lewiston grocery store for using the women's bathroom. Store managers contacted Lewiston police who gave Robledo a no trespass order after she exited the grocery store.

According to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, 13 states including Washington protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, but the exact definition of a "public accommodation" differs from state to state. There is currently no federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity for public accommodations.

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