CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1990
The municipal judge in Vista who dismissed the civil rights violation charge concerning the Mexican migrant farm worker may be reflecting the prejudice and attitude of the "home territory" of the Skinheads and Tom Metzger mentality, but he didn't concern himself with the federal, state or county definitions of "hate crimes." Precisely because these crimes indicate a social pathology that is a real and present danger to all of us, we need to know at least the county definition: "A 'hate crime' is any act, or attempted act, to cause physical injury, emotional suffering, or property damage, which is, or appears to be motivated, all or in part, by race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability or other group characteristic."