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Homicidal White Supremacist Case Begs A Question

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After reading the story of a then 14-year old Californian white supremacist that shot a middle school classmate at school because of alleged “unwanted sexual advances” (the shot teen was gay), I want to ask the lawyers and society at large something.  Just a little more detail on the story, then the question.

The shooter pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder after a jury was unable to decide a verdict in the case earlier in the year.  “Brandon McInerney, in a fit of homophobic rage, killed classmate Larry King because he was offended by King’s dress and how the victim interacted with him. ”

“King, 15, was openly gay, and McInerney’s attorneys argued he made sexual advances against their client.”

And now the question: does anybody seriously think a heterosexual woman would be offered a plea deal due to a hung jury if she killed a man because he made unwanted sexual advances against her?

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