Will Justice Dept. bring hate crime charges in Kansas shooting?
Yahoo! - 02/27/2017
Federal hate crime prosecutions are rare, with federal prosecutors turning down nearly 90 percent of cases referred to them since the hate crime statute became law in 2009. The most common reason prosecutors gave for not bringing charges was insufficient evidence.
A federal prosecution could mean a tougher sentence for Purinton if he’s convicted of the crime.
“A hate crime charge could be used as an aggravating factor in sentencing,” said Jack Levin, a criminologist and a professor emeritus at Northeastern University. “It could mean the difference between life in prison without parole eligibility, versus the death penalty.”