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Lawyer Blames School for King’s Shooting

Jim Burroway

May 8th, 2008

Deputy Public Defender William Quest is something else. Quest is the lawyer for 14-year-old Brandon McInerney, the teen accused of shooting Lawrence King point blank in the head at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California February 12. Last April, Quest blamed King’s death on King himself. Today, he’s decided that it’s the school system’s fault:

Educators should have moved aggressively to quell rising tensions between the two boys, which began when King openly flirted with McInerney, said Deputy Public Defender William Quest. Instead, administrators were so intent on nurturing King as he explored his sexuality, allowing him to come to school wearing feminine makeup and accessories, that they downplayed the turmoil that his behavior was causing on campus, Quest said.

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Timothy Kincaid
May 8th, 2008 | LINK

It sounds to me like he’s still blaming King:

rising tensions between the two boys, which began when King openly flirted with McInerney

so intent on nurturing King as he explored his sexuality…they downplayed the turmoil that his behavior was causing on campus

McInerney’s inability to see another way to solve his problem

We think there will be evidence that the school, with the actions of Larry, didn’t quite know how to deal with it

In literally every statement that Quest made, every single sentence, he blames the murder on King and presents McInerney as the aggreived party. That may be smart, but it leaves me thinking that William Quest is an immoral and evil person.

KatieKat
May 8th, 2008 | LINK

Ugh.
This reminds me of defense attorneys who claim that the rape victim was ‘asking for it’.
I have been having such a hard time with this whole case. He was clearly a very sweet boy who liked his high-heeled boots and blue eyeshadow. It’s sad that even in a progressive state like California, this kind of defense can be presented.

Timothy Kincaid
May 8th, 2008 | LINK

Actually, the “blame the victim” defense is cannot be presented in California. Quest is dancing around that by blaming the school for not stopping the victim. I think he knows that the court will not allow that sort of nonsense and is just trying to poison the jury pool.

I’m pretty sure that I would not like Mr. Quest. He seems like a win-at-any-cost kinda guy and completely immoral and evil. But I don’t know him and that’s just based on what I read on this case.

Leo
May 8th, 2008 | LINK

I don’t agree with Quest’s arguments, but let’s remember that he’s a public defender charged to do the best he can to defend his client.

What would have him do? He’s grabbing at what straws are available to him.

I wouldn’t trade places with him.

Yuki Choe
May 8th, 2008 | LINK

“I don’t agree with Quest’s arguments, but let’s remember that he’s a public defender charged to do the best he can to defend his client.”

Yes Leo, I would agree to that but with such no-brainer defense from Quest, I do not think I would want him as my defense lawyer in any circumstance.

Joel
May 8th, 2008 | LINK

“they downplayed the turmoil”

They always taught me at school that if you had problems(personal or with others) that you should seek help with the counselor, if you didnt want to tell your parents.

I guess if you wanted to kill someone that would be considered a problem.IMHO.

Still.. that does not abolish any justice that larry must serve jsut because he didnt know where he could seek the help.

Stefano
May 8th, 2008 | LINK

Timothy Kincaid

It sounds to me like he’s still blaming King…

KatieKat

Ugh.
This reminds me of defense attorneys who claim that the rape victim was ‘asking for it’.

Indeed!

The blame the victim line is exactly the line of argument prosecution is trying to build. The attempts to prey upon existing prejudices and fuel blame against the victim seems to be a common tack in such cases. That is what I find so frustratingly infuriating.

Buffy
May 9th, 2008 | LINK

I just blogged about that myself. I’m utterly disgusted that Quest is actually pursuing this line of defense. Blame the victim and the school that merely upheld his rights. Yes, the killer had no recourse but to shoot him in the back of the head because the boy flirted with him and wore high heels. Bull!

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