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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Developments in State Hate Crime Laws

South Carolina: "South Carolina doesn't have a hate crime law, but the recent lynching of a black teen has some thinking the Palmetto State needs one.... 'In these days and times there should be a hate crime law,' said Charles Montgomery of the Cherokee County NAACP. 'Whether it's black or white or against gays and lesbians.'"

Alabama: "A state legislator determined to strengthen the state's hate crime laws is hoping his proposed amendment is on the fast track for approval. Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said the House Judiciary Committee is planning next week to take up the bill, which would amend the current hate crime statute to include sexual orientation. That would mean anyone convicted of committing a crime against a person because of his or her sexual orientation would receive a more severe penalty."

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