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  1. Drug deal gone bad? Reminds me of how the white racist would kill a black man and then they would say that he had killed him self by stabbing him self to death, 30 stabs wounds and a rope around his neck. Maybe some day these Southern white Christians who hate will change but don’t holding your breath till they do.

    1. Drug deal gone bad doesn’t really count as mitigation in an assault case in my book, even assuming it was true, which is doubtful.
      If anything it hints that the defendants were involved in drug dealing on top of assault and battery.
      Is that the best their defence lawyer can come up with?

  2. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

  3. Wikipedia would beg to differ on whether these are the first indictments under the act.

  4. Sometimes I need a reminder about just how much hatred and prejudice there still is out there towards LGBT people.

    I hope that hate crime law will curb some of the excesses of homophobia in this country (UK).

    The clearest place to get an accurate idea of how much ignorance, hatred and ill-will there still is towards LGBT people in some quarters, is to have a look at the Online Daily Telegraph comments under gay-related articles.

    This is the most recent one – about Boris banning the ant-gay posters:

    Prepare yourself if you decide to take a look. Horrible.

    1. Yep, it’s official, the Telegraph has finally overtaken the Mail as the homophobes paper of choice.

      1. Spanner1960 15 Apr 2012, 11:10am

        That’s mainly because it is not pre-vetted.

  5. Kay from NZ 14 Apr 2012, 12:04pm

    The “drug deal gone bad” excuse has been pulled out recently in an attempt to white-wash the hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard. Load of rubbish. The killer and accomplice in Mat’s killing both confessed to the motive being hatred of gays and not a “robbery gone wrong”. Some people want to hide from the hate, but it’s there and needs to be held to account.

  6. darkmoonman 15 Apr 2012, 7:47pm

    Just so you know, judges and juries in the USA have released men guilty of murdering gays solely because the accused “didn’t smoke pot.”

    1. Fair point, but I always thought it took at least two to make a drug deal, the dealer and the client.
      I’m straining to see how “drug deal gone bad” could help the defence in this context, because logically the defendant is either fessing up to supplying controlled substances or smoking them, both of which I would guess count as additional incriminating details in a GBH/ assault case.

  7. Death penalty please

  8. ~ BABYGIRL~ 17 Apr 2012, 12:12pm

    I agree jeff!!! And flapjack i think they need you or maybe some Joe blow for an attorney you’d never catch me walking in admitting jacks**t at any point much less a case like this one!!! One day the hatred might stop butt i doubt it very seriously there is still way to many many ignorant hate filled so called human beings in this so called free country….. guess it’s not so free for some of us though….. THAT’S WHY IN SCHOOL I BULLIED THE BULLIES NOR THAT IT WAS RIGHT BUT IF YOU PICKED ON SOMEONE I WAS MOST LIKELY YOU’RE WORST NIGHTMARE!!! Just sayin

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