The "racial" identity of the perpetrator of a crime is *completely irrelevant* to its potential classification for a hate crime enhancement.
For a crime to be enhanced to a hate crime status, prosecutors must demonstrate a specific animus on the part of the perpetrator -- without reference to the perpetrator's "race" and specifically directed towards the *victim's* perceived identity with regards to a protected class (nationality, religion, "race") -- to make the enhancement stick.
In the Alawadi case, a note with clear xenophobic/anti-Iraqi/racist overtones was found on the scene. That's exactly the kind of smoking-gun evidence of animus most crimes DON'T have. The Alawadi case has a very strong chance of a successful hate crime enhancement if the perpetrator is ever found and convicted. Most cases of possible hate crime enhancements are not so clear, and attempting to prove to the satisfaction of a court that a crime was motivated by specific animus is normally quite difficult.
I've moved on to a better forum (scienceforums.net). Facts matter, and I don't have the time or energy for putting up with the pretense that they don't. PM me if you'd like me to get in touch with you when I'm done developing my own forum system, likely towards the end of 2013.
See the difference? In this instance the killer will have to be found before the police can cover up the crime. Then we can be outraged.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
They should question family members and, if any, religious leaders of the church they attend if any. T Obviously any former and current boyfriend. This may only be staged to look like a hate crime.