Things just got worse for Brandon McInerney, the fourteen year old who allegedly shot Lawrence King earlier this year. McInerney reportedly shot his schoolmate after King gave him a valentine.
Relying on past court decisions, a judge ruled Thursday that trying a 14-year-old boy accused of murder in an adult court does not violate the constitution, swatting down legal arguments raised by the boy’s attorney that it was cruel and unusual punishment to do so.
“I cannot say that this is unconstitutional,” said Ventura County Superior Court Judge Douglas Daily.
Though things look bad for McInerney, the teen’s lawyer also cited other cases in which juveniles convicted in adult court successfully lobbied for lighter sentences.
Regardless of the ultimate outcome, this shit’s mad messed up. We have a dead boy and another who’s life might as well be over. This is a perfect example of a homophobic culture’s horrific repercussions…