September 11, 2013
Re "Hitler's unrepentant bodyguard," Obituary, Sept. 7 The late Rochus Misch said he had no knowledge of the atrocities Adolf Hitler perpetrated against the Jews despite his daily contact with him. Everybody else knew. FDR and Winston Churchill knew. Jews throughout the world knew, and leaders of Jewish organizations tirelessly and unsuccessfully worked to get the Allied powers to intercede. People throughout Europe knew when they saw Jews brutally torn from their homes and hauled away, never to return.
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.
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.
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.
July 13, 2011 |
An 18-year-old gay man from Texas allegedly slain by a classmate who feared a sexual advance. A 31-year-old transgender woman from Pennsylvania found dead with a pillowcase around her head. A 24-year-old lesbian from Florida purportedly killed by her girlfriend's father, who disapproved of the relationship. The homicides are a sampling of 2010 crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people compiled by a national coalition of anti-hate organizations. The report, released Tuesday, showed a 13% increase over 2009 in violent crimes committed against people because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or status as HIV positive, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.