3 Lesbians Charged with Hate Crime in Beating of Gay Man
Sisters Erika and Felicia Stroud (21, 18) and Lydia Sanford aren’t denying that the three of them viciously assaulted a gay man for accidentally bumping into them on a stairwell. They aren’t even denying that they broke his nose or that they repeatedly used “insulting homophobic slurs” against the man while beating him.
The three lesbian women are however fighting the hate crime charges against them, saying they “openly identify as a lesbian … so any homophobic (conduct) is unwarranted.”
But Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, said prosecutors will have no problem proving the women committed a hate crime, even if they are lesbians.
“The defendants’ particular orientation or alleged orientations have no bearing on our ability to prosecute for allegedly targeting a person who they believe to be different from them,” he said.
Which lawyer has it right here? Is it “fair knuckle justice” if a group of gay women beat a gay man? Or is the sexuality of the attackers themselves irrelevant if they used homophobic epithets while beating the man?
Is it a hate crime if lesbians beat a gay man? How about if the roles were reversed? Would it be a hate crime if three gay men attacked a lesbian?
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(via Boston Herald)