In a sign that he is willing to fight for transgender people in certain areas, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has tasked the Justice Department with sending an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to assist in prosecuting a man charged with murdering a transgender 16-year-old, sources tell the New York Times

Kedarie Johnson, a high school junior, was shot to death in March of last year; two men, Jaron Narelle Purham and Jorge Luis Sanders-Galvez, have been charged with first-degree murder in the case, the Des Moines Register reported in March. Christopher J. Perras of the Justice Department civil rights division’s criminal section will serve as a county prosecutor in the trial for Sanders-Galvez, the Register reports. It's a rare move that, per the Times, sends a clear message on Sessions' part.

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