Mississippi Teen Charged With Murder But Not Hate Crime in Hit-and-Run Death

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    testimony from one of the passengers. Testimony means in court. So the prosecutor has it, right? Or not? If not, it’s not testimony, it’s an allegation and allegations have to be credible. Is it credible? I recall an alleged rape at Duke based on a lot of allegations. Only one who went to jail was the prosecutor.
    Problem with charging hate crime in a case like this is that it brings up the issue of prosecutorial discretion. Such as no hate crime in, say, the Knoxville Horror, one of the worst crimes of which you have never heard.
    The penalties for various kinds of murder are tough enough–or not, YMMV–but adding “hate” is meaningless. Not to mention bringing up embarrassing questions of its application here, or there.

    • Kathryn DeHoyos says:

      It is in both the original police report and in the Grand Jury testimony that Mr. Darby saw that he was black and swerved intentionally while accelerating, he never touched his breaks or took his foot off the gas. Mr. Butts was hit so hard the windshield caved in, one of his legs was almost completely severed and he landed over 170 feet from where the initial impact occurred. After they hit him Mr. Darby stopped the car, they got out and looked at the body, and then drove away.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    “intentionally” is subjective. Not braking is not racist, it’s either drunk, evil, or stupid. Where is the evidence that, had the pedestrian been white, nothing would have happened?
    Driving away after looking at the body is wrong. But we need evidence that he’d have tried first aid, or called 911 or something if they guy’d been white.
    But, anyway, one way or another, adding “hate” to the thing is meaningless. In fact, it’s a negative. For example, in the Knoxville case, to make it not a hate crime, you have to say, “they just like to do that stuff, do it to anybody”, which i don’t think would be considered an improvement.

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