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McInerney Lawyer Promises Not to 'Gay Bash' in Lawrence King Case

William Quest, the attorney who is battling to have Lawrence King's 14-year-old killer, Brandon McInerney, tried as a juvenile rather than an adult, says he is sensitive to the case because he has a gay sibling:

Kingmcinerney"I can tell The Advocate I’ve got a young brother who’s gay. I saw how difficult it was for him to come out. Now, he came out when he was in college at Berkeley, [so it was] easier than in junior high. But I saw the struggle he went through...and I hope [this is] not perceived as gay bashing because it’s not. That’s not who I am."

Quest says he'll argue that school officials and teachers knew of friction between the two students and failed to respond adequately and also cites McInerney's troubled family life (drug addiction and domestic violence) as part of the reason for the child's violent behavior.

A coalition of gay groups including including Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Equality California, Gay Straight Alliance Network, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, have also urged that McInerney be tried as a juvenile.

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  1. For the people saying he should be tried as a juvenile and have the chance to be rehabilitated I have some news for you, There is a slim chance he'll actually receive any rehab, more likely he'll spend a couple years in juvenile hall, then released and have his records sealed. In my opinion thats not justice.

    Posted by: Wyatt | Jun 16, 2008 9:22:35 PM

  2. Knowing the specific circumstances in cases involving juveniles is essential before one has a opinion worth expressing. None of us know enough to be able to say whether he should be tried as an adult or not. I can't imagine feeling sorry for him, no matter what happens, but I think it's good for the general public to know that some gay folks think the kid should be tried as a juvenile and some gay folks want him fried. We can be merciful and we can be vengeful, just like other real people. It's nice to read Willy Quest's comments to the Advocate; maybe he is backing away from the gay panic defence he seemed to be gearing up for earlier.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Jun 16, 2008 9:40:29 PM

  3. David Ehrenstein is an obnoxious piece of shit. I know that's not a very productive comment but neither is his.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jun 16, 2008 9:52:40 PM

  4. He is a child - a deeply disturbed child but a child nonetheless. Of course he should be severely punished but his life still has value despite his terrible crime. God help him now and God bless brave, beautiful Lawrence King.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jun 16, 2008 10:11:05 PM

  5. The killer is a kid, but he's still a killer. Even if his brain isn't fully developed and can't fully comprehend the total impact his act did, he shouldn't be let out on the street. He should, at his age, be able to understand that murdering someone is wrong. Most 14 year olds do. If there is some reason (organic rather than poor upbringing) that he doesn't understand this, then he should be locked up in a mental health facility for the rest of his life. If he DID understand that murdering another person is wrong, he should also be locked up for the rest of his life. This boy shouldn't be free ever again. I don't think 14 year old killers should be sent to an adult prison, but I don't think they should ever walk free again.

    Posted by: Weezy | Jun 17, 2008 12:55:57 AM

  6. Thank you PeterParker, Chas, et al.

    I am deeply saddened by comments like Weezy's. While McInerney's crime was heinous, reprehensible, etc., he is still in his formative years and so is more likely to be rehabilitated. His rehabilitation might include speaking to others about the dangers of guns around impulsive kids, about the dangers of homophobia. This direction could provide at least a version of restorative justice.

    The simplistic response of locking him up forever and the hypocritically disgusting desire that he be gang raped in prison does nothing to improve him or our society. Yes, they might be emotionally satisfying, but nevertheless puerile. How 'bout we don't stoop to his level.

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 17, 2008 1:13:37 AM

  7. David R.,

    With your suggestion that "his rehabilitation might include speaking to others about the dangers of guns around impulsive kids, about the dangers of homophobia" one can only hope you aren't involved in the least with the criminal justice system.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 17, 2008 2:45:21 AM

  8. If he's not tried as an adult he'll be free to go by aged 24. This was premeditated murder. This wasn't someone with an anger management problem snapping when hit on by his victim. THAT you might expect from a 14 year old. You do not expect the long chain of events taken by King's murder.

    He left school. He located a fire arm. He ensured the fire arm was loaded. He returned to the school. He located the victim. He fired two rounds into the head of Lawrence King, murdering him.

    That's not a lynching, Noah. It's not mob mentality, it's not vengeance to demand he be held to account for the ADULT crime he committed.

    Larry's life had VALUE. The sentence passed upon young King was DEATH. All we want is for McInerney to face JUSTICE with all the weight and consequence his actions demand.

    David R., you must be truly empty-headed. Speaking to others about the dangers of guns around impulsive kids is a rehabilitation you offer when you have a child who plays with a fire arm, not one who MURDERS a peer in cold blood. What's the lesson going to be? Here's a dose of reality. It'll be something like this: "Hey, McInerney killed that dirty little faggot and was free as a bird before he was even 25. I think I'll take care of that damn queer who was checking me out in 5th period."

    If he is tried as an adult, as he should be, it will serve as a warning that MURDER is not an acceptable expression of homophobia just because you're a high school freshman.

    These groups need to put down their weed and love-in liberalism and think about the message they're sending to the next McInerney or Larry King. Who would be out in school and not worry about person safety when so-called leaders and gay rights groups support the murderer of one of their own?

    Posted by: queendru | Jun 17, 2008 9:02:01 AM

  9. This is the kind of thing that happens when parents breed hatred. I say he should be tried as an aduld and put on death row to await execution. When a little punk like this decides he wants to take a gun to school in order to kill...he made a decision to end a life. Premeditated murder is what it is and he should be shown no mercy! This kind of shyt has to stop. We cannot let this ignorant hate filled piece of shyt go on with his life when he took a life. No sympathy should be given and a message has to be sent to all who teach hatred in the home and in the hate filled churches. This is what happens and this is what needs to STOP...NOW! Death penalty in this case should be carried out and carried out every Time a jackass like this thinks he is better than anyone else! Parents need to start teaching their kids that there are many different types of people and no one has a right to control anyone else's life...especially taking the law in your own hands because you don't agree with another lifestyle. This lawbreaker had no right and we cannot let this go unpunished!

    Posted by: Lucky | Jul 20, 2008 3:52:05 PM

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