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November 8, 2013 |
A San Jose sex crimes detective pleaded guilty to committing a sex crime and will serve at least six months in jail, prosecutors said Friday. Tony Fregger, 34, who has worked as a San Jose police officer since 2005, turned himself in last July after his computer was seized by authorities. The investigation into Fregger showed he had solicited and received explicit photos on Facebook from a girl he knew was a minor, according to the San Jose Mercury News . "Certainly as a police officer in the sex crimes unit, he knew what he was doing was illegal," said Santa Clara County prosecutor David Ezgar.
April 14, 2014 |
AURORA, Mo. - The killings of three people on the eve of Passover outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb are being treated as hate crimes, law enforcement officials said Monday. Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass and others confirmed that the evidence gathered in Sunday's shootings supports a hate crime presentation to a federal grand jury. State charges could also be sought, state and federal prosecutors said at a televised news conference. Meanwhile, as President Obama led a shocked nation in prayer after the deadly shootings, officials searched for clues about the 73-year-old man, believed to be a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, who is in jail in connection with the killings.
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November 21, 2012 |
The last straw for the African American police officer living in an upscale Orange County community was the acid pellets someone shot into his garage in October, the corrosive capsules damaging his car. It had been an ugly, racially tinged pattern since the Inglewood police officer, his wife - a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy - and their two children had moved into the Yorba Linda neighborhood in 2011. Rocks were thrown through their windows, car tires were slashed, and racial taunts were shouted by passing motorists.
August 12, 2013 |
BERLIN -- A Hungarian war crimes suspect who allegedly brutalized and deported thousands of Jewish prisoners to the infamous Nazi death camp of Auschwitz during World War II has died of pneumonia, his lawyer said Monday. Laszlo Csatary, 98, who died in a hospital in Budapest on Saturday, was charged with war crimes by Hungarian prosecutors in June. He denied allegations that he was involved in torture and deportation while serving as a police commander in the town of Kosice in 1944.
March 16, 2012 |
A jury in New Jersey on Friday convicted Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers student, of hate crimes, invasion of privacy and other charges related to his spying on his gay college roommate, Tyler Clementi, who later committed suicide. Ravi, 20, sat silently and with no visible expression on his face as the verdict was read. He faced a total of 15 counts in the case, which made national news in September 2010 after Clementi, who was 18, hurled himself from the George Washington Bridge in the New York City area after learning that Ravi had set up a secret webcam and captured him in an intimate encounter with a date in their dorm room.
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August 27, 1999
Re "Mislabeling Hides Extent of Hate Crimes," Aug. 23: The logic behind passing laws against "hate crimes" is that they are crimes against society rather than individuals, and in an effort to reduce these crimes we pass new laws that enhance existing penalties by adding years to a sentence, limiting parole or elevating misdemeanors into felonies. While I believe that people who commit heinous crimes should be punished severely, I have a problem with compound laws that seek to penalize our state of mind.