Wednesday, November 28, 2012
New Hampshire Trans Victory Cut Short
Election night 2012 was an historic night for LGBT victories across the country. New Hampshire elected its first transgender person to the state's House of Representatives. That victory had a short life, however, as Stacie Laughton chose to resign in light of a previous, criminal record...
New Hampshire's history-making transgender state representative has announced she will resign after news of her criminal record surfaced.
As Nashua Patch is reporting, State Representative-Elect Stacie Laughton decided to step down after it was revealed that she had served four months in Belknap County House of Corrections following a 2008 credit card fraud conviction.
Laughton said she will formally resign her seat via a letter to be sent to the Secretary of State's office, Patch notes. Had she not resigned, she would have been ineligible to take office for six more years.
The Laconia Daily Sun, which broke the news of Laughton's criminal past last week, notes that she was also convicted of tire slashing and reportedly once admitted she faked illness to gain an ambulance ride. As Patch points out, Laughton was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and 3 1/2 to 7 years for the falsifying physical evidence, but those were suspended pending 10 years of good behavior.
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