Hate Crime

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A crime committed against a member of a particular group, motivated by a prejudice against that particular group
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Once shorn of the emotional appeal that would preclude careful legal analysis, this issue, as discussed below, is significant for any consideration of bias crime law.
For example, the Wisconsin and Ohio Supreme Courts both cited the irrelevance-of-motive maxim to support their decisions, later reversed by the United States Supreme Court, to strike down bias crime statutes as unconstitutional.
The new unit launched an internal educational campaign to teach all officers how to recognize, respond to, and report hate or bias crimes.
Viewed in this more expansive way, Lawrence argues, "the bias crime offender violates the equality principle, one of the most deeply held tenets in our legal system and our culture.
Lawrence, Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes under American Law (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999) for a classic exposition of this position; see Jack Levin & Jack McDevitt, Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed (New York: Plenum Publishing Corporation, 1993); Paul Iganski, "Why Make 'Hate' a Crime?
hate and bias crime legislation as an answer to the tragically brutal
A hate crime, also known as a bias crime, is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/ national origin.
Several academic authorities on hate crimes in America identified three types of bias crime offenders: the thrill seeker, the reactive offender, and the hard-core offender.
16) The statute enumerates certain already existing criminal transgressions that may be considered a bias crime if the defendant selects the person against whom the crime is committed "because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person.
We're not discounting this as a bias crime, but we do not want to fuel speculation in today's climate," Curtin told HFN.
were convicted in what is believed to be the first prosecution in the United States of a bias crime against a mentally retarded person.
By successfully engaging in these linking strategies of persuasion, advocates representing gays and lesbians proved crucial to the expansion of hate crime law to cover sexual orientation, thereby ensuring that gays and lesbians are routinely recognized as victims of bias crime.