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A record number of people were prosecuted for racially and religiously-motivated hate crimes in England and Wales last year.
Some 13,276 people came before the courts for such crimes in 2010-11. The Crown Prosecution Service said many had involved assaults or verbal abuse.
Of the cases that concluded last year, more than 80% resulted in convictions.
In all, the CPS brought 15,284 hate crime prosecutions, also including cases where people were apparently targeted based on sexuality or disability, or for being transsexual or transgender.
People who murder disabled or transgender people in hate crime attacks will face life sentences with a starting point of 30 years, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced today.
The Ministry of Justice plans to amend the Criminal Justice Act 2003 so that murders motivated by hatred or hostility towards disabled or transgender victims will have the same starting point as for murders aggravated by race, religion and sexual orientation. This will double the current starting point for disability and transgender hate crime murders.
The Act will also be updated so that where any offence is shown to be motivated by hostility towards the victim on the grounds of transgender, as well as race, religion, sexual orientation, and disability, sentences must be made more severe. This will mean all five monitored strands of hate crime will be reflected equally in these provisions.
Mr Clarke said:
'Hate crimes are abhorrent, they leave sections of society living in fear and at risk of unprovoked violence. The courts already treat all hate crime seriously and aggravate sentences accordingly. These proposals make clear offenders should be in no doubt that they face a more severe sentence for these unacceptable crimes.'
Originally posted by Kang69
Jesus Christ what is wrong with you people?! It's called the 1st amendment! He can say anything he wants to, he can call the president an asshole and be scot free, he can even make a racial slur. This is crazy talk, there are people saying he should be jailed in this thread. YOU people are the perfect example why this country will fall to tyranny! Keep voting for Obama! Keep voting for removing your rights!
Sorry for the rant, but you people do not understand even if he says the most racist thing, he can not by law be jailed! This is insane! All of you people are insane!
Originally posted by Rising Against
Should this man go to jail for racial comments he made on twitter ?
My question in reply... Why not?
A young 23 year old athlete collapsed during a game and actually died for around 2 hours after a cardiac arrest. He somehow was brought back to life and is still struggling to stay alive to this day. During all of this some moron decides to use twitter and abuse him racially.. Why on earth should the abuser not face punishment for his idiotic behavior? Racism is racism, no matter where you do it and it's always wrong and should always face punishment, in my opinion.
It doesn't matter if he's on the streets shouting his nonsense or in the comfort of his bedroom.. he should grow up, learn to live in this century and stop saying stupid stuff about another human being simply because of their skin colour. Or anything else like that for the record. This is 2012 for goodness sake, we should be moving past all that crap already.
This man was jailed for his racism.. I say good. Well done to those responsible for jailing him.
Just my opinion of course and I'm sure I'll get flamed but honestly, I don't see why these kind of questions continue to come up. Why should someone be allowed to say something on the internet where what they're saying is going to reach many people and yet not be allowed to say the same thing on the street where it's also going to reach people? It doesn't make sense to me.edit on 27-3-2012 by Rising Against because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ALOSTSOUL
The way I see it, is Twitter (and Facebook) are public domains. So it's the same as standing in the street and shouting racism.
Originally posted by sitchin
reply to post by judus
why you asking me..i don't make the laws
it is what it is ....only advice i can can offer is choose your words very carefully when responding in social media sites
what you say in private is your business
thanks for the input
Originally posted by boymonkey74
Does anyone not consider the people who the hate speech is targeted against? We do in the UK and thats why we have laws to stop it.
Originally posted by boymonkey74
Ok then where were you when the EU brought in the mandates about hate speech in 2003?