Three Indicted in Hate Crime

A federal grand jury indicted three men in Albuquerque, N.M., on federal hate crime charges related to a racially-motivated assault of a 22-year-old man of Navajo descent who has a significant cognitive impairment. The three men have been charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that was enacted in October, 2009. The indictment includes a charge that the defendants took advantage of the victim’s developmental disability to induce him to make a cell phone video in which he purportedly consents to have his skin burned with a heated metal hanger. To read more see http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/November/10-crt-1291.html

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