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Old 04-26-2011, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Gyrate View Post
Adding a few extra years because it was a "hate crime" is a meaningless bolt-on.
Do feel the same about increased penalties for crimes directed at police officers?

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In fact, it's insulting to victims of non-hate crimes: if killing someone because of their membership in a "protected" group (e.g. they're gay or black) is worse than killing someone because you have a personal grudge against them, doesn't that imply that the person killed due to the grudge potentially deserved it just a teensy bit?
No.

In any case, you misunderstand how hate crime laws work. The addition penalty is not for committing a crime against someone who happens to be a member of a particular group. It's for committing a crime against someone BECAUSE they're a member of a particular group. It's the MOTIVATION of the criminal that triggers the law, not the IDENTITY of the victim.