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Absolutely the words of someone frightened for her life. Absolutely none commital about motive and completely dismissive of the event.
Sounds like Mallory is getting ‘paid off’ by Hawkin’s lawyer or both Hawkins AND his lawyer. It wouldn’t be the first time that has happened. It will be interesting what Hawkin’s story will be when the Judge and the Court confronts him!
Also, given who has made those threats Mr. Byrd I would take them VERY VERY seriously.
What a mess! And what are the odds that the attorney for a man accused of a hate crime would be named James Byrd?
Hate crime or not, ANY beating is uncalled for and to beat someone this badly is doubly so.
Here is my guess as to what happened.
Previously in a place like Alabama, if you said that you beat somebody because they were gay you got off or got a much lighter sentance. That is why the family said that.
Now with hate crimes, they suddenly go into a panic because they can’t believe that the feds might come in and the guy may actually go to jail with real time on his sentance so they have changed their story.
Oh please Mallory -Please tell us the REAL reason why he beat the living crap outta you. I’m sure it must be a GOOD one. Jeez….
@Cam: Indeed, we had a case in Scotland last year where the defendants tried the “gay panic” defence, fortunately it was thrown out and its tenets formally applied uniformally in the UK [Scotland has its own law system independent of England and Wales] rendering the defence invalid, as it should be.
It’s sad that in the US people can still get away with killing and brutalising black people and homosexuals using these panic and self defence farces.
Yeah, hate to say it, but sounds like she’s trying to protect her girlfriends brother from major jail time for a hate crime.
Whatever the reason, what kind of lame ass bitch of a guy would beat up a female? I’m glad he’s in hiding…asshole.
I think she is head over heals in love with her gf and that’s why she is protecting the brother now. To me that’s very unfortunate. If he is capable of doing this to one person, he’ll do it again. Especially if it wan’t over something serious like hate, but over something frivolous like a disagreement.
That boy is threatened by lesbians like EVERY insecure str8 male!!!!
Is there a BETTER reason to attempt murder other than HATE???
How bizarre that the boys attorney’s name is James Byrd…
well can we hear this reason? he’s pretty screwed either way. and lawyers are supposed to defend their client. that’s what they’re paid for. but this is something I wanna know, because he’s still in trouble for it
If I were her, I would run far away from her hillbilly relatives!
Frankly I have to agree that in this situation we as a community pretty much assumed that just because a gay person got beaten up in the South it had to be a hate crime. I have to say that while it is completely and utterly contemptible to beat someone this badly for any reason I can completely understand how it might have been for other unjustifiable reasons than simply her being gay. I live in the South and I have had people who knew I was gay try to fight me, at no point have I ever been attacked for being gay. Do not think I am defending his actions but also we need to understand that as being gay becomes more accepted we will continue to see more cases where perhaps we are wronged but it doesn’t mean discrimination played a part.
@longpastdue: true, but I REALLY wanna hear this reason now
” FIND HIM! KILL HIM!”
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