Burke Burnett’s Three Attackers Got Hate-Crime Charges. Here’s Why That’s A Bad Thing.

Three of the Texas men suspected of attacking 26-year-old Burke Burnett by repeatedly punching him, stabbing him with a beer bottle and setting him on fire have all been charged with hate crimes.

Each has been charged with one count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, along with hate crime charges (which is strange seeing as the hate crime charge will basically require the prosecutors to go through the extra hassle of trying to prove anti-gay bias without necessarily enhancing the men’s punishments even if they succeed).

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