Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Dharun Ravi Case and "Hate Crime" Laws

The Objective Standard Blog has published my latest post, “Hate Crime” Laws are Gateways for Censorship and Statism. Here are the opening sentences:

A criminal trial stemming from a 2010 incident that drew national attention began in New Brunswick, NJ on February 24, 2012. The defendant, Dharun Ravi, allegedly spied on his Rutgers college roommate Tyler Clementi with another man via webcam, and subsequently distributed the recordings via Twitter.

The prosecution claims that Ravi “targeted Clementi for being gay,” and Ravi was indicted on “bias” (aka “hate crime”) charges in addition to invasion of privacy and other charges. But the case is controversial, and the jury must ultimately “decide whether Ravi committed a hate crime or merely pulled a teenage prank…”

Read the rest.

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