November 16, 2007
Court Overturns PA Hate Crimes Bill
A Pennsylvania State Court judge overturned a Pennsylvania bill adding language to a hate crimes bill. It listed as a hate crime certain crimes motivated by the sexual orientation or disability of the victim.
The original purpose of the bill was to protect against "agricultural vandalism and crop destruction." The judge stated that the bill must be overturned because, "no matter how salutary the purpose of a bill may be, it still must comport with constitutionally mandated requirements for passage . . . ." See Article in Philly.com entitled "Court Throws Out PA's Hate Crimes Law."
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