Opinions & Features March 09, 2020 at 05:00 pm

Should lynching be a federal hate crime? These four U.S. lawmakers say no!

Mohammed Awal March 09, 2020 at 05:00 pm

March 09, 2020 at 05:00 pm | Opinions & Features

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Thomas Massie of Kentucky

Massie told The Courier-Journal that “I voted against (the bill) because the Constitution specifies only a handful of federal crimes, and leaves the rest to individual states to prosecute.”

“In addition, this bill expands current federal ‘hate crime’ laws. A crime is a crime, and all victims deserve equal justice. Adding enhanced penalties for ‘hate’ tends to endanger other liberties such as freedom of speech.”

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