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Liverpool gay teen murder trial ends with not guilty verdict

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  1. john sexton 21 Feb 2009, 9:27pm

    They say Justice is BLIND too f**king blind sometimes it seems

  2. Absolutely disgraceful and unexcusable in light of the evidence against Alker. Truly a miscarraige of justice and my thoughts are surely with the family who must be ashamed at how the system has failed them.

  3. Christina Engela 22 Feb 2009, 8:47am

    Such a finding gives the message that it is ok to gay-bash and commit murder on the grounds of sexual orientation and that despite evidence and witnesses, you will get off Scott-free.

    A man has walked away untouched, grinning from ear-to-ear and a mourning family who has lost a loved one for no justifiable defensible reason sees that a gay person’s life has no value, not even in a so-called civilized first world country which allows homophobic rappers to hold concerts in its capital city.

    Food for thought.

  4. A private prosecution as in the Stephen Lawrence case, should now be brought.

  5. Makes me wonder if the jury was as homophobic as the accused. This sounds like a miscarriage on the level of Rodney “we were just patting him repeatedly on the head with our police batons” King. At the bare minimum it sounds like an open and shut case of manslaughter.

  6. Martin Davies - Gay C of E Clergy Spouse 22 Feb 2009, 2:38pm

    Had someone got at this jury, or is there a different set of laws for Liverpool, in fact… Why was this high profile murder case held in Liverpool?? where it might be easy to get at a jury and the prevailing hatred of the region might be unjustly expressed in the jury decision. May the spirit of this young man haunt his murders until the day he can meet them face to face.

  7. Liverpool is fairly homophobic. Seems to me they just didn’t think killing a gay person is a bad thing.

  8. I’m gutted – I’ve followed this case & feel numb. I wonder how many gay people were in the jury?

  9. Bill Perdue 23 Feb 2009, 10:54am

    I wonder how many gay people were in the jury?.

    That may well be the problem. In the US interest groups make sure they’re available for jury duty on key cases so that the deliberations represent everyone, not just christer homophobes.

  10. It’s problematic to use an exclusively gay jury, as that would create an obvious bias the other way… that said Liverpool does have a reputation for being a fairly homophobic city.
    I live there, but I wouldn’t do anything overtly camp outside my front door. With that in mind, it would have been prudent to screen the jury for blatantly homophobic views first, otherwise it’s like asking the KKK to pass sentance on a racist murder.

  11. liverpool is not homophobic 23 Feb 2009, 12:16pm

    I’m as devastated, angry and upset as anyone else on here and I sincerely hope the Causer family find justice for Michael. Not guilty?? The jury must have been mad.
    I’ve got to say though, I’m a proud scouser living in Liverpool, and am a little bit upset by the comments that Liverpool is a homophobic place. How quick people are to blame the city. Kick Liverpool, that’s the answer. How many homophobic murders have taken place in London. Remember Jody Dubrovski? Is London homophobic?

    Merseyside Police were voted joint 8th best gay employer by Stonewall this year, and have reported that for the period between 1 April and 31 October 2008 – the period of time that includes the dates of Michael Causer’s attack and death – there were 111 instances of reported Hate Crime categorised as being motivated by sexual orientation. This constitutes just 11.8 per cent of the total reported Hate Crimes for that period in Merseyside. Does this sound like a homophobic city to you???

  12. I'm as devastated, angry and upset as anyone else on here and I sincerely hope the Causer family find justice for Michael. Not guilty?? The jury must have been mad. 23 Feb 2009, 12:25pm

    Oh yeah, bear in mind that there’s 1.5 million in merseyside, say for argument sake 5% are lesbian, gay, bi, trans – that’s 75,000 LGBT in Merseyside. Merseyside police stats above work out as 18 gay hate crimes a month, that’s about 4 a week. Do the maths, and stop this ridiculous stereotype about Liverpool!

  13. There will have been something dodgy about this jury.Picking the right judge and picking the right jury for a trial outcome that the “Establishment” wants goes on all the time.The further away from London and the more blatant this “fixing” can be.

  14. This has been a black day for British justice, and a sickening blow to the dignity of Michael Causer. Attacks on LGBT people are not newsworthy – it seems, some lives are more expendable than others. Well, it’s about time we all showed solidarity with the family and friends of Michael. For the sake of so many young LGBT people who suffer from rejection, abuse, bullying, intimidation and violence, keep the up fight.

    I also want to see the LGBT community show solidarity, on a national level. There can be no ‘pride celebrations’ when attacks like this happen and perpetrators get away with it, and the media don’t care about it.

    And as for the remorseless thug Gavin Alker is now absolved and no doubt celebrating – he and his family should never be allowed to forget what happened that night. What’s it like to be related to a psycopath? I’d love to ask them.

    Justice must prevail.

  15. I was born and raised in Liverpool, I city I love, and although I now live in America I country I also love, I can admit that we as gay people have not yet achieved justice under the law in either countries as yet, as we should have by right. This case is a heartbreaking example of how far we still have to go to achieve those rights. My deepest condolences to the family Michael for their loss. As for Gavin Alker a private prosecution is the next obvious legal step. The verdict can be said to be certainly lawful, but not Justice for an innocent man beaten to death at the hands of such hateful creatures such as those in that case.

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