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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:30 PM
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NY Politicians, Activists Want Felony Status For Noose Incidents
NY Politicians, Activists Want Felony Status For Noose Incidents

NEW YORK -- New York politicians, community leaders and activists are calling for a new law that would make it a felony to use a noose to harass or play a prank.

State Sen. Eric Adams and other city leaders gathered Sunday to call for the stiffer penalty on noose incidents.

The move comes on the heels of several racially-charged incidents involving nooses -- which are reviled as symbols of racism in the Old South.

Last week, a noose was hung near a Ground Zero post office, and in an incident that caught international attention, a noose was also discovered hanging from the office door of a black professor at Columbia Universitys Teachers College.

http://www.wnbc.com/news/14337706/detail.htmleachers College.

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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:38 PM
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1. A hate crime is a class 4 felony...
These incidents might also be considered terrorism, in which case, GITMO's maw awaits.

There are laws on the books. They're just not calling the incidents what they really are, so the perpetrators can be prosecuted as they should be.
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:38 PM
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2. This is bull shit.
As repulsive a symbol you can get, yes but come on. What about Halloween displays? If you have a dummy dressed as Jason hanging from a rope, is that felonious?
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:42 PM
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3. The burden of proof should have to be on the state to prove that a threat was made
We don't want Halloween displays turning into a felony crime scene.
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