Harvey Milk (Author of An Archive of Hope)
Nov. 27, 1978: Harvey Milk shot and killed
White was angry that Moscone had refused to reappoint him to his seat on the Board of Supervisors, from which he had just resigned, and that Milk had lobbied heavily against his reappointment. These events helped bring national notice to then-Board President Dianne Feinstein , who became the first female mayor of San Francisco and eventually U. Senator for California. White was subsequently convicted of voluntary manslaughter , rather than first-degree murder. The verdict sparked the " White Night riots " in San Francisco, and led to the state of California abolishing the diminished capacity criminal defense. It also led to the urban legend of the " Twinkie defense ", as many media reports had incorrectly described the defense as having attributed White's diminished capacity to the effects of sugar-laden junk food. White had been a San Francisco police officer , and then later became a firefighter.
All this smacks of non sequitur in the same way that Dan White claiming that sweets made him kill did. White successfully lobbied Feinstein, who had an antagonistic relationship with Milk, to appoint Milk to a committee chairmanship that he coveted. The association between the two figures upends the narrative portraying White as a right-winger out to settle ideological scores. Like Feinstein, he supported gun control he sometimes carried a firearm himself. As a supervisor, he voted for an aggressive affirmative-action policy that evaluated those in city management by how many minorities advanced under their leadership. Later, when those threats began to appear more like scare tactics, White voted to rescind the tax increases. The first person White hired in politics was a gay man, who served as his campaign manager and later his chief of staff and business partner.
The suspect is supervisor Dan White. Public outrage was so widespread that California revoked the diminished capacity defense in subsequent cases. Following the murders, both riots and peaceful candlelight demonstrations took place as the city of San Francisco publicly mourned the loss of two of its most cherished and respected civic leaders. For his crime, White received a five-year prison sentence. After his release, he was unable to resume a normal life, and he took his own life in
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