Saturday, September 27, 2014
Daughter of police chief implicated in attack on gay couple in Philadelphia; more debate on hate crimes laws
The daughter of a police chief is one of the people arrested for a beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia. The case was tracked down by “amateur sleuths” using social media (especially Twitter), according to the ABC News story here.
There is controversy over whether the trio should be charged for a hate crime. A discussion on CNN Saturday morning indicated that a technicality caused the Pennsylvania state laws regarding LGBT-related hate crimes to be struck down because the law had not gone through the judiciary committee. Smerconish played devil’s advocate with the idea of hate crimes laws, as he asked if the punishment for an attack on a straight couple should be any less. That's the libertarian argument.