Friday, July 25, 2008

UPDATE: Brandon McInerney will be tried as an adult in the murder of Lawrence King

I have very mixed emotions about Brandon being tried as an adult. I can't get past the fact that he is just 14-years-old. Two young lives ruined. Very sad. reports:
Relying on past court decisions, a judge ruled Thursday that trying a 14-year-old boy accused of murder in an adult court does not violate the constitution, swatting down legal arguments raised by the boy's attorney that it was cruel and unusual punishment to do so. "I cannot say that this is unconstitutional," said Ventura County Superior Court Judge Douglas Daily. Teenage defendant Brandon McInerney of Oxnard is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in connection with the Feb. 12 killing of classmate Larry King, 15, who sometimes wore makeup and told friends he was gay. McInerney is accused of shooting the Oxnard youth as students worked on English assignments in a classroom at E.O. Green School in Oxnard. READ MORE

Newsweek article blames the victim!
Bullied Gay Teen Declared Brain Dead
UPDATE: Gay Teen Lawrence King
Lawrence King Memorial Held
Ellen Speaks Out On The Murder Of Gay 15-Year-Old Lawrence King, With An Impassioned Message About Tolerance
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Are Recent Shootings the Result of a Crisis of Masculinity?
'Lawrence King was on a collision course with a culture that found him repulsive'
Lawrence King Murder: A Deadly Clash of Emotions Before Oxnard Shooting