Written by attorney Sanford Horowitz

Hate Crimes in Santa Barbara

The tragic shooting of nine African Americans during a bible study at a South Carolina church in 2015 by an admitted racist and white-supremacist was prosecuted late last year in Federal Court as a Hate Crime. And it is a Hate Crime, isn’t it?  Shockingly, no.  At least not by South Carolina law.  South Carolina is one of five states that do not have laws on the books that criminalize crimes motivated by hate.  Luckily, Federal statutes recognize the criminality of Hate Crimes, and that racist and white supremacist will be put to death.

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