THE ISSUE: Duo seeks hate crime protection for homeless.
Sun Sentinel Editorial Board
July 11, 2009
Nobody questions that crimes against the homeless, in South Florida and elsewhere, have been gruesome, violent and cowardly.What is highly questionable is whether those deplorable crimes should be classified as hate crimes.State Rep. Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs, along with an assist from Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, are spearheading the movement to make Florida the second state — after Maryland — to include homeless people as a protected group under its hate-crimes statute. A noble idea, to be sure, but the state would be best served by judges handing out stiff sentences for all violent crimes.
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