The Transgender Law Center, in conjunction with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, has come out against charging Brandon McInerney--the 14-year-old charged with killing Lawrence King--as an adult. In a document circulated via e-mail yesterday, they wrote,
While we in absolutely no way condone the alleged actions of the suspect, he is a child and we should not judge his actions through the same lens we would use with an adult.
Kristina Wertz, legal director of the Transgender Law Center, says,
We feel very strongly that charging children as adults and sending them into the adult system violates basic human rights principles and the general standards of international law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.