How hate crimes laws actually get applied

Here’s a juror in the Ravi trial saying how they decided that hate crimes charges should be applied:

Juror Bruno Ferreira said it was “very difficult” to reach the guilty verdicts on the hate crime counts, which were tied to Ravi using and attempting to use a webcam twice to spy on his roommate’s encounter with an older man in their dorm room.

“Thinking about it not being done once, being done twice, not just on one day,” was what convinced the seven-woman, five-man panel to convict on the hate crime charges, said Ferreira, who appeared to be in his 30s.

It seems like there isn’t much of a bright line.

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