Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Insanity of Hate Crimes Laws

JusticeCBS 2 Chicago: Homicide Shows Flaw In Illinois Hate Crime Law What is the flaw, you ask? Prosecutors in Illinois - a Capital Punishment state (at least on paper) - cannot charge the mutant in a stabbing murder with a hate crime. They will be forced to settle for charging him with first degree murder and seeking the death penalty. I wonder what the addition of a "hate crime" charge could do to the mix.

There is no doubt that this was a hate crime. The victim was a cross-dresser who worked as a hair stylist. The mutant was shouting insults even after he stabbed the victim. Plenty of evidence and plenty of witnesses are available to the prosecution.

There is no doubt that this is a tragedy to the friends and family of the victim, but adding some bogus addendum to the crime is beside the point. They should prosecute the monster to full extent of the law and when (or if) he is convicted, execute him. More justice cannot be had in this case. More labels cannot bring more justice.

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