Prosecutor: Teen plotted gay classmate's death

Aug 25, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Capital-Journal

A teen who gunned down a gay classmate in school should be convicted of murder because he rode a tidal wave of hatred and sought revenge after the victim offended him by simply saying, "What's up baby?," a prosecutor said Thursday.

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From the article: "In her arguments that the slaying was premeditated, Fox said one student testified she overheard McInerney say he was going to shoot King four days before it occurred. She said McInerney believed most of the school didn't like King and killing him would make him a hero.

"He thought he was doing everyone a favor," she said."

From the APA: "Ideology assailants report that their crimes stem from their negative beliefs and attitudes about homosexuality that they perceive other people in the community share. They see themselves as enforcing social morals."

Hate crimes are not based on need, greed, opportunity, or emotional outburst, but are the result of hate for an entire group of people. Hate crimes therefore have the effect and usually the intent, of intimidating, terrorizing, and punishing an entire community, not just the direct victim. That makes them very different from crimes of need, greed, opportunity, and crimes of passion. Writing specific prohibitions into the law, clearly establishes community standards, and in doing so, helps remove the motivation and justification used by ideology assailants to harm others.

This is another tragic example that irrational prejudice causes needless suffering and death.
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I have nothing to add, NYE. You covered everything clearly and concisely. I think the prosecutor would have benefitted from having you on the team.

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Sir Andrew wrote:
I have nothing to add, NYE. You covered everything clearly and concisely. I think the prosecutor would have benefitted from having you on the team.
And if he is found guilty, what should the sentence be ?

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>And if he is found guilty, what should the sentence be ?<

A looooong stretch in prison, because he committed premeditated MURDER. Simple as that.

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Pattysboi wrote:
fr Fred ABQ:
>And if he is found guilty, what should the sentence be ?<
A looooong stretch in prison, because he committed premeditated MURDER. Simple as that.
I meant that since convicion is almost a certainty, and the Death Penalty is not applicable (although it should be), what length of time should he spend in prison ?

I suggest life in prison, with no chance or parole, in a cell measuring 4 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet.

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