Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Office of Legal Counsel on Hate Crimes Laws


Yesterday, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expands the protection of federal hate crimes laws to include homosexuals.

The Office of Legal Counsel has issued an opinion explaining why the bill is constitutional. It is authored by Marty Lederman, who will be familiar to readers of this blog.

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