Letter: Enhanced Penalty for Emotional Condition (Hate Crime)

from Don C. Hayward of Bourne

Letter to the Editor:

Don’t you just love the emotional ring to it when the label connects the unprovable and emotional state of mind to the crime of doing graffiti and defacement of public property as the Police describe their “hate crime” in Nantucket? How does one go about proof of an emotional condition rather than the assumption of with malice of intent? Hate just sounds so much more heinous I guess.

One of my fathers in law circa 1960 was a member of the KKK and was by any measure both a racist and a bigot but his behavior was always extremely measured and emotionless regarding the expression of dislike for a now protected class of  people. His long and tireless arguments that supported his beliefs were based on academic , scientific papers and anecdotal evidence that alleged brain deficiency in the protected class. I was never able to discern any emotional condition remotely associated with “hate.”

Residence in a protected class created by government for votes is, in my view, totally  unconstitutional on it’s face. It is fundamentally preposterous that if someone knocks me in the 79 year old head gets an enhanced penalty than if someone knocks a 30 year old in the head.

Just one more unconstitutional protection created by a moronic judiciary that fails in the correct interpretation of the Constitution. Citizen class protection by law is unconstitutional by any measure specifically equal protection under the law.

Don C. Hayward

Monument Beach


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