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Second Suspect In Atlanta Gay Bashing Turns Himself In, Offers “Olive Branch” To LGBT Community

A second arrest has been made in an Atlanta gay-bashing incident, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dorian Moragne turned himself in to police on Friday afternoon. Though turning yourself in could arguably make you look guilty, his lawyer Jay Abt told reporters in the video above that Moragne deserves to be considered innocent till proven guilty.

He also says that Moragne “doesn’t have a hateful bone in his body… I am on his behalf extending an olive branch to the LGBT community.”

Thanks, Mr. Abt, but we’ll wait till the trial is over to accept your tidings of peace. And we’ll let the FBI decide whether it wants to pursue this as a hate crime.

A first suspect named Christopher Cain was arrested two weeks ago. The police are still searching for the third assailant.

After the attackers uploaded the video to the internet, we and other bloggers asked the victim to come forward. He did, identifying himself as Brandon White. White bravely held a press conference to speak out on the issue.

Photo via Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Feb 21, 2012
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  • 10 Comments
    • Bill
      Bill

      Shove that olive branch up your ass, bro.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • William
      William

      Not one hateful bone in body

      Turns himself in on horrific crime.

      I should make an Awkward Penguin Meme with this.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim
      Tim

      I agree with Bill.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dance A$$ of the Month
      Dance A$$ of the Month

      GO STUDID!!! What you did was all in hate for what ever reason!!

      STUPID WAS WHAT STUPID DONE!!!

      no sympathy here fella!!

      Feb 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dance A$$ of the Month
      Dance A$$ of the Month

      GO STUPID!!!

      Feb 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MKe
      MKe

      An olive branch?!!! Seriously. Well if he doesn’t have a hateful bone in his body I’m guessing he was just standing around on that video and not attacking the boy? Then they won’t need to give an olive branch lol.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      The AJC article QUEERTY cited contained the following statement: “But Moragne’s attorney cautioned people not to rush to judge his client. “Mr. Moragne isn’t guilty of a hate crime,” Abt said. “He is a young man who has the potential of being a good person in the future. He has no feeling of hate for anyone, regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.””

      English translation: given the evidence in the video, Mr. Moragne’s attorney is stating that his client did not commit a hate crime – it was simply a robbery and generally thuggish behavior. His attorney is trying to get him a shorter sentence but that isn’t going to keep him out of jail or out of quite a few hours of community service.

      In the video, it’s worth noting that the attorney repeatedly said that his client did not commit a hate crime, not that his client did not commit a crime (the statements about “presumption of innocence” were probably there as a signal to the prosecution that they would enter a “not guilty” plea of they can’t get a plea-bargain agreement that excludes hate-crime enhancements).

      Feb 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad
      CBRad

      @B: That’s probably it. And, that IS the job of a defense attorney.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ousslander
      ousslander

      he should be beaten with that olive branch

      Feb 22, 2012 at 9:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Queer Supremacist
      Queer Supremacist

      Of course he doesn’t have a hateful bone in his body. His pea-sized brain and his black little heart are where the hate resides.

      Feb 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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