Lawrence King, at the age of 15, was shot and killed by a classmate on February 12, 2008.
His pre-trial began Monday, July 20th, 2009. Tactics were vivid on the first day.
Vivid, and tragically repetitive.
JUDGE ORDERS MCINERNEY TO STAND TRIAL FOR THE MURDER OF LAWRENCE KING, STATING
THAT THE MURDER WAS CLEARLY PRE-MEDITATED. CLICK HERE
FOR THE STORY.
Defense attorney Scott Wippert seems to be taking the
path to a gay panic defense
for his client, Brandon McInerney. When questioning one of
the police officers involved, Wippert asked if the officer was aware that King
had been making sexual advances toward McInerney, which "provoked"
him. He added that King "taunted" McInerney with his
In 2009, the year that would have been Harvey Milk’s
79th birthday, 31 years after he was murdered by a man who got off easy because
his lawyers argued he was stressed, complicated by the fact that he had too
much sugar in his system, the infamous "twinkie defense",
it’s demeaning to see crazy tactics still being used in courts of law.
And I can see it working in this case. Remember, the
boys were just that, boys, and as such, can often find excuses as flimsy as
this in courts of law. Their minds aren’t fully developed yet, they don’t have
the judgment that adults are supposed to have. Add to this the fact that King
was dressing in girls’ clothing, something Americans can’t seem to deal with to
this day, and you can see how this might go. If Americans are still so repulsed
by the idea of flirtation by someone of the same sex that they’re willing to
use it as an excuse for cold blooded murder, you can also see how far we, as a
movement, have yet to go.
Something’s really wrong with Americans. The fact that
so many other countries are evolving into humans, rather than subjects, should
urge us to some epiphany to the error of our ways. It should be an emergency, what’s
happening to Americans whose biology falls somewhere outside pure heterosexuality.
Despite evidence, despite truth, despite the promise of protection from the
constitution and the courts, we’ve become the only minority in this country who
are not allowed equal rights. And with gay bashings are on the rise and lawyers
still willing to do anything to keep murderers free, who knows how much more
hell we have to go through.
Maybe, just maybe, all this hope that we’ve put into
the American people is fruitless. Maybe, just maybe, we aren’t smart enough or strong
enough to shoulder simple things like human sexuality, or truth. I’ve learned a
tragic fact in recent years. Maybe, just maybe, Americans, in a slight
majority, are too stupid to move forward.
Read more about the Lawrence King trial by clicking HERE