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Lawrence King Murder Discussed on HLN as Jury Continues Deliberations in Trial of His Killer: VIDEO


The jury in the Brandon McInerney trial adjourned yesterday after two hours of discussion without returning a verdict, the Ventura County Star reports:

One of the jurors is a college student who starts classes this afternoon, so Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell is allowing the jury to work around her schedule. They also will deliberate for only two hours Wednesday if no verdict has been reached by then.

On Headline News yesterday, attorney Lisa Bloom, Advocate editor Neal Broverman, and Judy Shepard joined Chris Jacobs to talk about the "gay panic" defense, the atmosphere in the courtroom, and anti-LGBT hate crimes.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. FINALLY getting national attention. With the timing of school starting across the country this story is gonna be EVERYWHERE, just watch.

    Posted by: Leo | Aug 30, 2011 11:10:35 AM

  2. I have always thought that part of that "Gay Panic" bs is that men are afraid of being treated exactly the way a lot of men treat women, and have treated women for centuries.

    And quit blaming this on "Society". This attitude belongs squarely at the feet of the church. People don't inherently hate - they have to be taught. No one teaches hate better than the religionists who still carry ideas and attitudes from thousands of years ago.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Aug 30, 2011 11:30:38 AM

  3. That was shockingly a reasonable and informative segment. Shocking, but also much appreciated. This should be the sort of case that is talked about at the national level; people need to understand this kind of stuff is happening if we're all to ensure it won't ever happen again.

    The evidence is clear; he should be convicted of murder in the first degree. If the sentence is too harsh for someone that dealt with difficult life problems at an early age and was a minor at the time of the crime, then perhaps 20-30 or 40 years down the line, with good behavior, some sort of leniency could be had in the form of commutation -- it would be a high bar to surpass for the McInerny family, but their son killed someone in cold blood, shooting that person in the back of the head. The bar should be high.

    However, it will be a travesty of justice if the jury only convicts him of manslaughter, sending a message to anyone who would purposefully kill a gay person that if they do so, it's not a murder. It dehumanizes us all and makes us inherently less safe than other human beings.

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 30, 2011 5:15:00 PM

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