San Antonio officer on trial in rape of transsexual
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A police officer accused of raping and beating a transsexual in his squad car is on trial in a federal court.
Forty-six-year-old Dean Gutierrez is charged with depriving a person's civil rights by committing aggravated sexual abuse while on duty. If convicted, Gutierrez faces up to life in prison.
The accuser, 23-year-old Gabriel Bernal, is expected to testify Wednesday.
Although the names of alleged sexual assault victims aren't typically used, Bernal has consented to have her name used.
Alabama Democrats reinstate gay candidate for Legislature
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Openly gay Patricia Todd was reinstated Saturday as the Democratic Party's nominee for a seat in the Alabama Legislature in a vote that turned more on the race of the candidates than sexual orientation.
The Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee voted 95-87, mostly along racial lines, to reject the ruling of a subcommittee that had voted to disqualify Todd, who is white, and her black opponent, Gaynell Hendricks, in the race for the House seat from Birmingham's predominantly black District 54.