The high school student charged with a hate crime for allegedly setting the clothes of an Oakland teen who identifies as non-gender on fire pleaded not guilty.
Thomas' attorney William Du Bois described the incident to the Oakland Tribune as a childish prank gone wrong.
In an interview with CBS San Francisco in late November, even Fleischman questioned whether Thomas should be charged as an adult.
"I don't want to be too harsh, just because, people do dumb things," Fleischman said.
Du Bois said he is planning a second petition to have Thomas' case remanded to juvenile court based on a review of his client's confidential criminal record.