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Hate Crimes

In both crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group. Examples of such groups include but are not limited to: race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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N.Y. court says state can seek new indictment in overturned hate crime case

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's highest court on Monday said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime.

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Texas man sentenced to 15 years in brutal attack on gay man he met online

Monday, November 17, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A federal judge has sentenced a North Texas man to more than 15 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service.

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Family, activists want attack on gay Texas teen investigated as a hate crime

Sunday, November 2, 2014
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HOUSTON -- The family of a Texas teen who says he was lured to a local park only to be jumped and beaten because he is gay, is calling for the attack to be investigated as a hate crime. Dylan Beard, 17, suffered a bloodied tongue, a broken nose, a black eye, a bruised rib, chipped teeth and lacerations to his knees and elbows after the alleged ...

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Defendant rejects plea deal in child abuse death of boy perceived to be gay

Saturday, November 1, 2014
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A man accused in the beating and torture death of an 8-year-old boy he and his mother perceived to be gay, has rejected a plea deal to murder charges that would have avoided him the death penalty. KNBC-TV reports that Isauro Aguirre has not agreed to the deal that calls for life in prison without the possibility of parole and no appeals.

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Philadelphia approves LGBT hate crime law following attack on same-sex couple

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren't covered under state law. The administration-backed bill won unanimous approval Thursday. Mayor Michael Nutter has two weeks to sign it into law.

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Plea deal: Couple will get life in prison for torture, murder of boy they called gay

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- The mother of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez and her then-boyfriend are planning to plead guilty to murder and torture charges in the boy's death as part of a plea deal, sparing them the death penalty. KNBC-TV reports that Pearl Fernandez and then-boyfriend Isauro Aguirre will receive life in prison without parole in exchange for their guilty pleas to first degree ...

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ADF attorney calls Matthew Shepard’s murder a hate crime hoax

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An attorney for anti-LGBT extremist group the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is peddling the myth that the story of Matthew Shepard's brutal anti-gay murder was fabricated in order to advance the "homosexual agenda."

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Human rights group: LGBT Jamaicans targets of unchecked violence

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers hold signs while attending an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- LGBT people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region's most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Tuesday.

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Teen who set agender victim on fire will serve 7 years under plea agreement

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. — A California teen accused of setting fire last year to an agender individual who was sleeping on an Oakland city bus, has entered a plea of no contest to felony charges. Richard Thomas, 17, faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison after a plea agreement was reached Thursday in which he admitted to a charge of ...

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Protesters demand Philippine custody of Marine suspected in alleged hate crime

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Protesters burn a mock U.S. flag during a rally at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, to protest the killing of a Filipino transgender with the possible involvement of a U.S. serviceman Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines the Marine implicated in the killing of Jennifer Laude whom the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime. Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently ...

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