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Hate crimes bill passes House….with a lot of hate in the process




HATE HATE HATE HATE... Passing updated federal hate crime legislation has been a priority for the Democratic Party for quite some time, and has been a major target for scorn by Republicans during that same period.  Last week the House of Representatives did pass a bill that expanded the definition of hate crimes to those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation—unfortunately for Democrats the only way to pass the bill was to attach it to a defense spending authorization, infuriating Republicans.  Was it a cheap way to pass such an important bill, and how will the new hate crimes definition affect law enforcement?
HATE HATE HATE HATE... Passing updated federal hate crime legislation has been a priority for the Democratic Party for quite some time, and has been a major target for scorn by Republicans during that same period. Last week the House of Representatives did pass a bill that expanded the definition of hate crimes to those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation—unfortunately for Democrats the only way to pass the bill was to attach it to a defense spending authorization, infuriating Republicans. Was it a cheap way to pass such an important bill, and how will the new hate crimes definition affect law enforcement?
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Passing updated federal hate crime legislation has been a priority for the Democratic Party for quite some time, and has been a major target for scorn by Republicans during that same period. Last week the House of Representatives did pass a bill that expanded the definition of hate crimes to those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation—unfortunately for Democrats the only way to pass the bill was to attach it to a defense spending authorization, infuriating Republicans. Was it a cheap way to pass such an important bill, and how will the new hate crimes definition affect law enforcement?

Guests:

Tim Lynch, director of CATO’s Project on Criminal Justice