Outside Boston, Massachusetts another strange hate crime has been filed by authorities. Two lesbians have been charged with a hate crime for an assault against a homosexual man. Apparently they used negative slurs about his sexual orientation during the fight, although the two African-American women said the gay man first used racial insults toward them.
Bottom line is in 2012 America you can go to jail for saying naughty names even if they are names that apply to your own “people.” God bless the Nanny State!
The two girls are sisters Erika Stroud, 21, of Dorchester and Felicia Stroud, 18, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, both of whom are lesbians according to their mother. Apparently the scuffle started when they bumped into the victim in a stairwell. They’ve been charged with assault and battery with the intent to intimidate, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
Prosecutors and the ACLU of Massachusetts agreed that her sexual orientation is irrelevant to the case. “Someone who is Jewish can be anti-Semitic,” said ACLU staff attorney Sarah Wunsch. “The mere fact that someone is a member of the same class doesn’t mean they could not be motivated by hatred for their very own group.”
However, other civil libertarians disagreed. “My guess is that no sane jury would convict them under those circumstances, but what this really demonstrates is the idiocy of the hate-crime legislation,” civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate told the Boston Herald. “If you beat someone up, you’re guilty of assault and battery of a human being. Period. The idea of trying to break down human beings into categories is doomed to failure.”
In 2009 in Rockland County two black Spring Valley youths were charged with “hate crimes” for targeting a South American laborer for a mugging because they knew a man fitting such a description would be more likely to be carrying cash. Yes, now petty criminal don’t get convicted just for their crimes, they get convicted if they are foolish enough to admit to having common sense (that would be a paradox).
In fact after said case Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe explained that according to New York State Law, “Hate crime laws are not about hate.”