Michael Freeman talks prosecution of CeCe McDonald [VIDEO]
This week's cover story, "The Edge of Doubt," gives a behind-the-scenes look into the case of Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who was charged with murdering Dean Alvin Schmitz outside a south Minneapolis bar last summer.
The case generated plenty of controversy. Supporters all over the world have protested McDonald's prosecution, alleging that she was the victim of a brutal attack outside the bar that night, and that her only crime was surviving.
McDonald faced more than 25 years in prison for the crime, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter on the third day of trial, and will be sentenced to 41 months.
Three weeks before the trial, we sat down with Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman to ask him about the case, and the criticisms against his office for prosecuting McDonald.
Freeman denies that race or gender played into his decision to file charges. He says the issue has been unfairly politicized, and that the facts of the case don't support self defense. Here is a video summary of our interview:
Also check out footage of our interview with Katie Burgess, director of the Trans Youth Support Network.
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