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Hate Crimes on College Campuses

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Recently, stories of a white-on-black hate crime on a Connecticut campus made headlines. A female student was charged with third degree criminal mischief and second degree breach of peace after she allegedly posted content on social media detailing harmful actions she took against her former roommate. These actions included tampering with the roommate’s personal… Read More »

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What is a Hate Crime?

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A hate crime is a criminal offense motivated by the offender’s bias against the victim based on the victim’s race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or national origin. In nearly all cases, hate crimes are violent offenses such as murder, arson, assault, or battery. When an offense is deemed to have been a… Read More »

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The Potential Consequences of a Hate Crime Charge

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The recent events in South Carolina have sparked a nationwide debate about racism, violence and hatred. A young man reportedly walked into a church prayer service and fatally shot nine members of the congregation. According to an article in the New York Times, legal analysts expect that the United States Justice Department to file… Read More »

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Defending the Future of a College Student

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A new investigation by Outside the Lines is giving the Florida Gators a title they may not want. As reported by ESPN, the study found that more University of Florida athletes have been named as criminal suspects than the athletes from nine other major football and basketball college programs. A reported 24% of the… Read More »

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Hate Crimes on the Decline within the State

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Statewide reports were recently released about the frequency of hate crimes within the state of Florida. A hate crime is an offense where the offender’s choice of victim is determined by prejudice or bigotry. Hate crime status is not afforded to every victim and individual cases are reviewed by state officials to determine whether… Read More »

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Defending a Hate Crime Charge

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Many people do not understand the serious implications of a hate crime. It is a term you hear in the news to describe crimes against specific groups of people, but did you know that a conviction can result in stiffer conviction penalties than those already set by the legislature. Florida lawmakers recently added a… Read More »

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