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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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Alleged Philadelphia gay bashers to face trial for aggravated assault, conspiracy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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A Philadelphia judge has ordered three young adults to stand trial for an alleged attack on a gay couple in September that left one of the men with a broken jaw. [...]

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FBI: 20 percent of 2013 hate crimes were motivated by sexual orientation bias

Monday, December 8, 2014
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The FBI has released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, revealing that more than 20 percent of hate crime offenses in 2013 were due to bias based on sexual orientation. [...]

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Friends suspect Kansas City man was killed because he was gay

Monday, December 8, 2014
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Dionte Greene was many things. Son. Brother. Father to twin daughters. Long-standing member of Kansas City’s Marching Cobras. He was also gay. [...]

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Toledo city council expands hate crimes ordinance to include gender identity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo city council on Tuesday voted unanimously to strengthen the city’s hate crime statute to protect transgender individuals. The Toledo Blade reports the council voted 12-0 to add gender identity to the city ordinance in the wake of a brutal beating and robbery last month [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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