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Indiana lawmaker seeks new hate crime penalties


personal injury lawyerWhen three vandals spray-painted racial slurs on a Muslim house of worship in February, Indiana law saw the perpetrators as nothing more than that — vandals.

But such an act would be considered a hate crime — and subject to more severe penalties — under a proposal announced Tuesday by a Democratic lawmaker.

State Sen. Greg Taylor, who has made a perennial push for hate crime legislation in Indiana, wants to protect people targeted because of their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, ancestry, national origin and sexual orientation. He would do it with a measure that would automatically enhance criminal penalties one level — up to five years of additional jail time — for crimes motivated by bias.

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