Tag Archives: hate crimes

Lawyers For Convicted Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott Seek Mistrial Over Juror’s Online Comments

Last week following the conviction of Kathryn Knott in the gay-bashing of a Philadelphia couple, one of the jurors conducted an “Ask Me Anything” thread about the trial on Reddit. This might have been contrary to the judge’s orders and Knott’s attorneys are hoping to capitalize on that. Via LGBTQ Nation: In the thread, which has since been deleted, [Ari] …

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“Disgusted” Jurors At Kathryn Knott Trial: We All Believed She Punched The Gay Couple And Yelled Slurs

The jury forewoman and other jurors in Kathryn Knott’s gay-bashing trial say that they saw right through her lies. Philly.com reports: Three jurors spoke to reporters outside the courthouse. They all expressed sympathy for the victims — Zachary Hesse, 29, and his boyfriend, Andrew Haught, 28. Joan Bellinger, 67, the jury forewoman, said the jurors all believed Knott punched Hesse …

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PHILADELPHIA: Judge Rules Alleged Basher Kathryn Knott’s Anti-Gay Tweets Can Be Used Against Her

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Remember those alleged anti-gay tweets posted by Kathryn Knott, one of the three Bucks County defendants charged in last year’s assault on a gay couple in Center City? Well, they can be introduced at Knott’s assault trial next month, a judge ruled Tuesday. Knott faces trial on a count of conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault …

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SEATTLE: Starbucks Joins “LGBT Safe Spaces” Program

The Seattle Times reports: Not one single business has turned away Seattle police Officer Jim Ritter when he’s asked them to join a program aimed at offering help and a safe haven to lesbian, gay and transgender victims of hate crimes. Starbucks announced Wednesday that it, too, is partnering with the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) Safe Place program, even though …

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Margaret Cho Rails Against Philadelphia Police Over Light Sentences In Gay Bashing Case

Yesterday Margaret Cho launched a somewhat misdirected Twitter tirade against the Philadelphia police over the light sentences handed down this week for two of the three gay-bashers charged last year in a brutal street attack against a gay couple. As you can see, Philly police responded by pointing out that they don’t handle prosecutions. The exchange between Cho and the …

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PHILADELPHIA: Decision On Gay-Bashing Trio Plea Deal Expected By Next Month

It was a year ago last week that a mob brutally attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia and we may finally see a resolution in the case next month. Philadelphia Gay News reports: At a proceeding Thursday morning, defendants Phillip Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott were rescheduled for another pre-trial bring back Oct. 15. Prosecutor Mike Barry told PGN …

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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Pride Killer Charged With Murder, Tells Court His Victim Won’t Go To Heaven Until Parade Is Stopped

After having been found mentally competent to stand trial, the Jerusalem Pride killer has finally been formally charged with murder. The Associated Press reports: Jerusalem’s District Court indicted Yishai Schlissel for murder on Monday for last month’s deadly attack, along with multiple attempted murder charges for those he wounded. Schlissel, who had been freed from prison weeks earlier after serving …

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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Pride Killer Ruled Fit To Stand Trial

The Jerusalem Pride killer has been found mentally competent and will stand trial.  The Jerusalem Post reports: Following a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, Yishai Schlissel – who killed a teenage girl and seriously wounded five others in a stabbing rampage at Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade last month – was on Thursday deemed fit to stand trial. The decision was made …

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BOSTON: Suspect Cites Donald Trump As Inspiration For Brutal Hate Crime Attack On Homeless Hispanic Man

In Boston two brothers have been charged in a brutal attack on a homeless Hispanic man, whom they reportedly urinated upon after the assault. One of the men told police that they were inspired by Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on illegal immigration. Trump’s reaction to the attack is revolting. The Boston Globe reports: The homeless man was lying on the …

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TEXAS: Hate Crimes Charges Filed Against Duo In Brutal 2012 Attack On Gay Black Man, Suspects Face Life In Prison

From the Corpus Christi NBC affiliate: Federal hate crime indictments were returned Monday against two Corpus Christi men accused of beating and torturing a gay black man back in 2012. In the days after the alleged attack, the victim told KRIS6 News he was targeted because of sexual orientation and race. Per policy, we are not identifying the victim of …

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ISRAEL: Police Units Blame Each Other For Security Failures At Jerusalem Pride, Demotions Expected

Jerusalem police yesterday submitted the findings of their internal investigation into the security failures that resulted in a fatal stabbing at the gay pride parade. According to the report, several police units are blaming each other for allowing the deranged ultra-Orthodox killer to infiltrate the event. Haaretz reports: Investigation of the incident focused on the actions and failures of three …

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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Pride Stabbing Survivor Says Police Have Botched The Investigation, Lost Evidence

Twenty-five year old Jerusalem Pride stabbing survivor Yarden Noy says that Israeli police have made multiple blunders following last month’s attack. The New York Daily News reports: Noy handed over his blood-soaked shirt to paramedics and gave a fresh statement to police after Yishai Schlissel drove a knife through his ribs from behind and punctured his lung during last month’s …

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ISRAEL: Knesset Member Proposes Sweeping LGBT Rights Bills In Name Of Murdered Teen Shira Banki

A member of Israel’s Knesset has proposed several sweeping LGBT rights bills that would legalize civil unions and ban “ex-gay’ torture in the name of murdered teen Shira Banki.  The Jerusalem Post reports: MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) proposed a legislative package of gay rights bills in memory of the 16-year-old who was stabbed at the Jerusalem LGBT parade, a …

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NEW YORK CITY: Suspect Charged With Hate Crime In Attack On Married West Point Grads

NBC News reports: Police say a Queens man has been arrested in connection with a bias attack on a gay couple at a Manhattan bodega. Thomas Clabough was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and attempted assault as a hate crime in the attack in the store in SoHo on Aug. 2. The victims were Daniel Lennox-Choate and his husband, …

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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Pride Killer Admitted To Psychiatric Ward

Israel National News reports: Gay Pride parade stabber Yishai Shlissel has been admitted to a psychiatric ward in order to assess whether he is fit to stand trial, Channel 10 reported Monday. Later that day, Channel 10 reported that Shlissel had, in fact, experienced a psychotic episode in 2009 and undergone extensive treatment in a special facility, and was being …

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Headline Of The Day

This story is all over Teabagistan today and is yet another example of why I so rarely report on alleged anti-gay hate crimes. So fucking infuriating.

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ISRAEL: Posters Praising Jerusalem Killer Appear In Ultra-Orthodox Neighborhoods

The Times Of Israel reports: Posters praising last week’s deadly attack at the Jerusalem gay pride parade appeared in the city’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods Thursday morning. Distributed by an extremist group calling itself “The Faithful Judaism,” the notices applauded the stabbing as an act of holy “self sacrifice.” “May all of the people of God be zealous as you,” one poster …

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ISRAEL: Judge Orders Psychiatric Evaluation For Jerusalem Pride Killer

A Jerusalem judge today ordered pride parade killer Yishai Schlissel to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial. During his arraignment last week, Schlissel declared that he doesn’t recognize the authority of the Israeli legal system. Via the Jerusalem Post: Judge Einat Zinger decided as a result of the hearing to send Schlissel for …

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ISRAEL: Thousands Attend Funeral For Teen Murdered At Jerusalem Pride

Via the Jerusalem Post: Thousands attended the Monday night funeral of 16-year-old Shira Banki, who died on Sunday after being stabbed at last week’s Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem. Banki, a high school student from Jerusalem, was buried at Kibbutz Nahshon cemetery, near Beit Shemesh. In an emotional eulogy, Banki’s parents, Milka and Uri, spoke of their daughter’s compassion, intelligence, …

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ISRAEL: Hundreds Hold Memorial Vigil For Teen Murdered At Jerusalem Pride

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