Tag Archives: hate crimes


Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Hate Crime for White Man Killed for Having Black Friends?

A Louisiana man who was apparently killed because he had black friends could be the subject of a federal hate crime trial, experts believe. Michael Luke Darby, 24, was stabbed to death by assailants last month after he left a bar with two black companions. Two men have been arrested for the murder after Darby’s body was found behind some bushes in Lafayette. According to local news reports, on Oct. 14 Darby and his friends were confronted in the street …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law News of the Weird by Michele Bowman  
Bishop Mullet Convicted of Amish-on-Amish Hair Crimes

They say the mullet hairstyle is business in the front but party in the back. But there isn’t much of a party where the ironically-named Samuel Mullet, Sr. is concerned: The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio is facing life in prison for forcibly cutting off the beards of Amish men and the hair of Amish women who had left his compound.   Violent Shearings A Cleveland jury on September 20 convicted Mullet, who is 66, and 15 …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Dharun Ravi’s Appeal Brings Jersey Hate Crime Law into Focus

Dharun Ravi, who recently served 20 days in prison for bias intimidation in the Rutgers webcam trial, is appealing his conviction in a move that will help clarify New Jersey’s hate crime laws. Ravi acquitted on intent to intimidate, but convicted on Clementi’s perception of intent Laws in New Jersey against intimidating a protected class while committing another crime Hate crime laws vary by state   Appeals all Around Ravi found himself the subject of infamy after he viewed on …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Gay Panic Defense in Philly Murder Trial?

A man on trial for murdering his friend in Philadelphia initially indicated that he would use a “gay panic defense,” in which he would argue that he flew into a rage following an unwanted sexual advance. Fortunately, a judge quickly put a kibosh on the idea. Gay panic cited in murder of Matthew Shephard, others Tactic attempted as part of insanity defense Sexual advances are not justification for homicide   Panic or Self Defense? A bizarre set of circumstances that …

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Posted 3 years ago in Crime Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Rutgers Webcam Trial

Dharun Ravi was sentenced to to 30 days in jail today for bias intimidation against Tyler Clementi, his former roommate at Rutgers University. He will start his month-long term on May 31. Ravi had been on trial for watching a video feed of Clementi and a male guest kissing in their dorm room. Ravi advertised the feed to his friends but did not broadcast or record the encounter. Several days later, Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after he …

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