A Defense of Stiffer Penalties for Hate Crimes

Christopher Wellmon

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    After defining a hate crime as an offense in which the criminal selects the victim at least in part because of an animus toward members of the group to which the victim belongs, this essay surveys the standard justifications for state punishment en route to defending the permissibility of imposing stiffer penalties for hate crimes. It also argues that many standard instances of rape and domestic battery are hate crimes and may be punished as such.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)62-80
    Number of pages19
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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