MSF Responds to Denial of Hate Crimes Challenge

Monday, March 24, 2014
The Matthew Shepard Foundation is grateful that today the Supreme Court of the United States refused to review Hatch v. United States, a challenge to the constitutionality of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. When William Hatch and two friends kidnapped, assaulted and burned a swastika into the arm of their victim, they targeted him because of his race. Everyone should feel safe in their community, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. Federal hate crimes legislation allows the FBI to investigate, and the Department of Justice to prosecute, suspected hate crimes when local authorities are unwilling or unable to deliver justice for their victims and their loved ones.



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