surprised to not see a thread on this yet.
heres the bill: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Shepard_Act
personally instead of extra sentences being tacked on and what not, id rather see Acts like these instead just require the maximum sentencing for the guilty party's crime.
but it also irks me to think that some one would only get six months for beating someone up in an attempt to disenfranchise them simply becuase they belong to subgroup-X (section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988).
also i though these two lines were key. and surprising that the prereq was for the federally protected activity...?
"# remove the current prerequisite that the victim be engaging in a federally-protected activity, like voting or going to school;
give federal authorities greater ability to engage in hate crimes investigations that local authorities choose not to pursue;"
also, what a cunt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLxbQmlOT1I&NR=1
especially to base her arguments on the testimony of two murderers and their girlfriends contradictory statements.
*Edit: out of the loop, did not know barney frank is an open gay, that explains the lisp lol.