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Discussion » Questions » Current Events and News » Should people who "fake" a hate crime be charged with a hate crime themselves?

Should people who "fake" a hate crime be charged with a hate crime themselves?

Like Jussie Smollet,
the black journalist who called in threats to Jewish churches,
The church member who painted a swastika on his own church to "scare people in to not voting for Trump"

And many, many more.

Posted - February 24

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  • 31471
    Well no.

    It is technically an obstruction of justice crime and you can put it under the umbrella of all sorts of other definitions that are true too, but strictly speaking that is not the correct term.

    Yes it is hate against the people you are calling racists, etc.  But the crime itself is more in alignment with deception and trying to fake a crime.  THAT is a bigger deal than your charge.
      February 24, 2019 11:36 AM MST
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  • 10406
    No, but they should be charged under every other available section of the criminal statute.  They also should pay for every cent of public resources spent on their shenanigans. 
      February 24, 2019 3:16 PM MST
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  • 514
    Gotta tell ya, it's an idea whose time has come. The very least that we can do for these fools. 
      February 24, 2019 8:15 PM MST
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