Utah 'hate crime' law facially constitutional, 10th Circuit rules

[JURIST] The US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] upheld the constitutionality of Utah's so-called hate-crimes statute. The law, passed in 1992, differs from most other hate-crimes prohibitions because it does not protect an enumerated class of victims. Attempts to broaden the statute's application by specifically identifying classes of victims have repeatedly failed in the Utah legislature. The law was challenged on the grounds that it was overbroad and infringed on protected speech. Read the court's opinion [text]. The Salt Lake Tribune has more.

 

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