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13 March 2009

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Luther

Willock yelled anti-gay slurs and this isn't a the crime? I don't know who is worse, the thugs and coward who bash and kill, or the judicial system that gives them a slap on the hand. Hopefully the jury will see this as a hate crime and convict this thug and the sentence life in jail.

FREELEO

How substantial of a factor does it need to be? I'm furious. The courts don't give a damn about black gay children. What will it take? We don't have anyone but each other...

Lucas
I think it was a contributing factor, but under the law it has to be a substantial factor.

What does it have to be in order for it to be substantial factor? Had Omar not been homophobic, the argument between the two would never have escalated -- the conflict would never have occurred. So to rule that it is a contributing factor, but not a substantial factor seems rather subjective to me. Would it not be akin to accepting the gay panic defense?

RJ

"Had Omar not been homophobic, the argument between the two would never have escalated -- the conflict would never have occurred. So to rule that it is a contributing factor, but not a substantial factor seems rather subjective to me"

I think you are absolutely right. This seems entirely subjective and Omar could get off with as little as 15 years for killing an unarmed man who did nothing to him.

Ravenback

Thanks Rod for the update. Since I live in California, I rely on your updates of this case. Perhaps my own experience of being attacked just because I was gay is clouding my judgment, but I can't keep from having a bad feeling about this case. Dropping the hate crime charge is a move in the wrong direction. What's the point of having hate crime laws if you aren't going to use them. I also feel that the jury is being given a way out of convicting this monster. In my case, my attackers plead guilty, so I didn't have to testify. I was blessed. If this guy goes free or gets a slap on the wrist, what a sad day for justice it would be. Rod, please notify us as soon as you learn the verdict. I pray the jury shows wisdom and convict this "thing."

Bosie

Contributing or Substantial, the fact is that it was a factor. Period.

gurlene

I do hope the prosecutor informs the jury what type style clothing Mr. Willock was wearing that night.

I bet Mr. Willock has a big round booty and that particular warm summer night had his pants nearly around his knees instead of his waist and that is what caught Roberto's eye, as it would anyone who has the gift of eyesight.

It is not against the law to show your underwear nor is it against the law for looking at a young, foolish killer who was crying out for attention by dressing that way.

LOL please let the witnesses tell it like it was. Tell them (the jury) all about those low hanging pants and big attention getting booty and there you have him.

Kevin Perez

I wonder where do gay Black and Hispanic men rank when it comes our respective communties priorties or are we non-existant.

libhomo

Great! What the world needs now is another homophobic judge. I hope people remember this if Firetog runs for reelection.

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