Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Justice Done: There will be no hate crimes trial in Georgia
In early 2016, Georgia man Martin Blackwell committed a violent assault upon two young men - the son of his girlfriend, and the young man's boyfriend. Blackwell poured boiling on them, causing burns, disfigurement and long term nerve damage that the victims may never recover from.
The FBI has declared is will not proceed with a hate crime trial against Blackwell. Their reason? Blackwell was convicted of the assault by a Georgia court and received a forty year prison sentence.
Normally, I would be livid at the idea that a criminal is not going to face trial for a hate crime. But in this case, it is arguably the right thing to do. Why?
First, he was given a forty year sentence for his crime. At his age, that is effectively a death sentence. He will never walk free for the rest of his life.
Second, Blackwell was arrested, tried and convicted without a hate crime law. The courts in Georgia did their jobs.
Hate crime laws came into being because those in the so-called "legal system" would allow criminals to go free or undercharge the criminals (and not send them to prison) because the cops, prosecutors and judges hated the victims as much as the perpetrators did. The "authorities" were condoning the crime and victimizing people a second time with their arrogance.
The actions of the Georgia court speak volumes. They properly charged Blackwell and convicted him, and the judge sentenced him adequately. Justice has been done, thus there is no need for a hate crime trial.
But it does beg a question: Would Georgia's legal system have convicted Blackwell without the FBI breathing down their necks? Would such a conviction have happened if hate crime laws didn't exist elsewhere? In all likelihood, they wouldn't.