Mistrial in Lawrence King shooting trial.

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    Sep 02, 2011 5:53 AM GMT

    GawkerThe upsetting trial over the killing of gay teen Larry King, who was shot point blank in the back of the head in computer lab class by fellow student Brandon McInerney, has resulted in a mistrial. The jury voted seven to five in favor of finding McInerney guilty of voluntary manslaughter, not first- or second-degree murder, which meant that seven jurors sided with the defense's version of events: that King brought his death upon himself by acting and dressing effeminately and making sexual overtures (apparently the breaking point came when he asked his tormentor, "What's up, baby?") towards McInerney.

    The LA Times' Catherine Saillant, author of this piece that helped to lay out the finer points of the defense's case for readers, now writes that "as the weeks of testimony continued and a more nuanced portrait emerged of what was happening at E.O. Green Junior High before the shooting, it also raised a host of thorny questions." Yes. Very nuanced. Very, very thorny. How dare this kid stand up for himself? His was to cower in a corner and take his physical abuse and humiliations in stride. But he didn't. And so now he's in a position to never make anyone slightly uncomfortable again. So very thorny, this territory.

    Prosecutors now have to decide whether to re-file murder and hate crime charges against McInerney, who is now 17. He was tried as an adult.
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    Sep 02, 2011 7:39 AM GMT

    This just grinds my gears, WTF is wrong with this world. This is an open and shut case, throw the fucking book at that NAZI son of a bitch. What a useless member of society!
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    Sep 02, 2011 10:57 AM GMT
    This type of defense needs to die the same death that Jim Crowe and pre civil rights laws died

    If this was ANYBODY else but a gay boy this would have been over with that murderer sitting in prison for the rest of his life

    Disgusting America ....you need to Wake Up icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 02, 2011 3:08 PM GMT

    Dear defense attorney donnieyen.gif
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    Sep 02, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    Our judicial system is garbage. This murder was premeditated and carried out. He should have been tried as a minor and sentenced to life w/out parole. Idiot jurors, to think 7 of them agree to voluntary manslaughter.