Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Message Is You Don't Kill Gays in South Carolina Unless You Love Your Mother

The guy who delivered the fatal blow to William Sean Kennedy last year appeared in court today in Greenville, SC, for sentencing. Kennedy was 20 and gay. His assailant was 18.

Although the arrest warrant stated that the reason for the assault was dislike of the victim’s “sexual identity,” the original charge of murder was reduced to manslaughter, presumably because “no malicious intent” was involved—just a friendly punch in the face—fuck it if queers have no sense of fun.

The defendant was found guilty, but today the judge reduced the 5-year sentence to 3 years, minus the 7 months the killer has already spent in the custody of his mother, after being released from jail on $25,000 bail. He could be released on parole in 2 years.

I’m not a vengeful, eye-for-an-eye sort of guy, but I find it hard to swallow that this senseless death has been dealt with justly.

Jesus. Wesley Snipes got 3 years in jail for not paying all his taxes—and he was sentenced to real jail, not to his old bedroom at Mother’s.

(Postscript--Last month an Egyptian court sentenced 5 men to 3 years in prison just for being homosexual.)

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