Is Justice Near For 2 Trans New Yorkers Viciously Attacked?

Nathaniel Mims and Rasheed Thomas, two men from Queens, New York, are facing hate crime charges today for the July 2009 attack on transgender woman Carmella Etienne, who was hit with rocks and bottles while the pair allegedly screamed anti-queer slurs. They face 15 years if convicted. Also in New York City: Correction officer Roberto Morales was yesterday arrested and charged with repeatedly raping a MTF trans inmate placed with male prisoners — the second such person to sexually assault her while she was incarcerated. (The first, a male nurse, plead guilty.) He faces up to four years in jail.