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Will Suzanne Deanna Grover Face Hate Crimes Charges Over Lindsay Harmon’s Stabbing?

Lindsay Harmon, a lesbian woman of Buffalo, had a terrible New Year’s Eve. Her face, eye, and arm were slashed with a knife that night, allegedly by Suzanne Deanna Grover, who reportedly screamed gay slurs at Lindsay outside a nightclub. Grover then allegedly ran off with the four men she was with. The suspect, now in jail, faced a judge this week at a preliminary hearing — which Harmon attended, intent on facing her alleged assailant — before a grand jury will decide whether to attach hate crime charges.

Notes local columnist Donn Esmonde: “I am glad that District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III decided to prosecute the case this way. If Harmon was attacked because she is a lesbian, it is an assault not just on one person, but on a way of life. That is why the story was front-page news, and not just another gruesome but fairly common attack. Aside from anything else, the hate crime charge sends a message: Being attacked simply because you are gay will not be condoned or ignored by society. This may not seem like much to most of us. But most of us cannot—in certain places and circumstances—be legally fired from a job, denied an apartment or not have a marriage acknowledged because of our sexual orientation.”

By:           editor editor
On:           Jan 27, 2010
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  • 4 Comments
    • Oh Boy
      Oh Boy

      Maybe someone will take it upon themselves to injure her face when she lands up in jail. That would be justice, payback, and karma rolled into one.

      Jan 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      get whats comin

      Jan 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      TO HER!!!

      Jan 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GoneFromBLo
      GoneFromBLo

      Just because Harmon is “one of us” doesn’t mean we should be jumping to her defense. Much more to this story than “meets the eye”.

      Two things here folks:
      1) Stabbing
      2) Hate crime claim that “bumps up” the possible sentence.

      Just because I think Harmon is a racist who enabled the fight doesn’t mean she wasn’t stabbed and the woman who did it shouldn’t be punished. All it means is that Harmon shouldn’t be one-eyed crying that it is a hate crime or raising money based on that.

      I think you’ll see the hate crime dropped by the Grand jury because the police/prosecutor didn’t want to be the ones who denied it.

      Feb 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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