Essay about hate crimes

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Hate Crimes Spring 2013
This study guide is offered as a starting point for your studies. It is not exhaustive. All topics covered in class lectures, readings and films may appear on the exam.

The Hows and Whys of Hate Crime Laws

What is a hate crime?
A crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice

How many hate crimes were recorded by the FBI in its most recent hate crime report?

According to the Petrosinos article and our text, were there hate crimes before hate crime laws? Give examples and discuss.

What is a lynching? How many lynchings are estimated to have taken place in our country? What are some reasons that people were lynched? (
Killing people in mob form.
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What are the challenges faced by legislators in passing laws regulating hate on the internet? What challenges do prosecutors face in fighting hate crime on the internet?

What did the Supreme Court rule in:
Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire- the Court articulated the fighting words doctrine, a limitation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech
Wisconsin v. Mitchell - Wisconsin's law that increased the penalty for racially motivated crimes did not violate the First Amendment. Mitchell's conviction and increased penalty were constitutional. The Court ruled that a state may consider whether a crime was committed or initially considered due to an intended victim's status in a protected class
Black v. Virginia - Cross-burning can be a criminal offense if the intent to intimidate is proven.
How does the 14th Amendment relate to hate crime laws?
The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection and hate crime laws give worse penalties to crimes against certain people.

Which groups are protected under hate crime statutes? What are the policy implications from the inclusion or exclusion of certain groups?

Who was Marc Lepine?
A 25 year-old from Montreal, Canada who murdered fourteen women and wounded ten women and four men at a school. He separated the men and women in the room and shot the women. He had often complained about women working in nontraditional jobs

Why might a victim fail to report a hate crime? Discuss.

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