Friday, June 26, 2009

Hate crimes legislation

University of San Diego law professor, Gail Heriot has serious reservations about the hate crimes bill now under consideration. She says,
"Why, for example, should Matthew Shepard's killers be treated differently from Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Kaczynski? Hate crimes are surely horrible, but there are other horrible crimes as well," she contends. "What happens if hate crimes statutes aren't enforced even-handedly? Some crime statistics show that an African-American is more likely to commit a racially inspired murder of a white man or white woman than the other way around. Should all be punished as hate crimes -- or just those that fit the skinhead stereotype?"
Excellent questions! Read the entire article at OneNewsNow.

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