Lehigh Valley Cases Among Few Charged Under State’s Rarely Used Hate Crime Law

January 7, 2017

By Riley Yates and Michele Merlin at The Morning Call.

Hate crime. The words sound menacing, evoking images of horrific racial violence.

But laws that punish hate also spur controversy. Civil libertarians fear the state's awesome power will be harnessed to condemn people for their thoughts and not their actions.

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