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Case begins on US teenager who shot gay classmate dead

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  1. Pumpkin Pie 21 Jul 2009, 1:43pm

    Wearing make-up and flirting is considered provoking violence, is it? And saying that being humiliated by flirtation (it’s the murderer’s own fault he finds homosexuality disturbing) is any sort of excuse for this monstrous act is like asking rape victims if they were wearing “suggestive” clothing when the attack took place. The victim has precisely 0% of the blame for what happened here.

  2. Sounds as though the defence is going for the old “they brought it upon themselves, therefore deserved death” line. Sickening, but the defence team will know that juries have bought that line in the past and might well do so again.

  3. Scott Wippert is obviously running a very weak defence and it looks like he has very little to offer except a very tired and discredited line of argument. If this is the best he can offer his client is certain to be convicted and be in prison for the rest of his life.

  4. “defence attorney Scott Wippert suggested that King had provoked violence by flirting with McInerney and wearing makeup.”

    Oh god, PLEASE let’s not turn this into a trans-panic defence?

  5. Mihangel apYrs 22 Jul 2009, 11:49am

    there’s no depth to which some defence lawyers will not stoop to mitigate an obviously guilty person’s guilt, including defaming everybody in sight.

    The same goes for some prosecuting counsel: they will hide, misrepresent and distort evidence to win.

    There is no simile that does justice to the degree of contempt that should adhere to their reputations!

  6. Christina Engela 22 Jul 2009, 11:53am

    Either way, the little monster committed a premeditated murder – even a revenge killing – which can in no way be considered an act of self-defense.

    Nine out of ten the defense will also call the killer the “true victim” as they did with the Angie Zapata case, with people saying the killer should receive counseling at the cost of the victims family.

    Sick.

  7. It appears the teachers were more concerned with King conforming than to him as an individual. They “attack” him for being different rather than fostering a climate of acceptance. If it had been an issue of race, ethnicity, religiosity or whatever, it would not have been accepted. But because King was gender different, he is at fault.

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