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Friday, December 26, 2014

Bias intimidation: Laying down the law in NJ

NYC Protest   (Photo by Danlev) 
Patch reports that a 45-year-old Lakewood, New Jersey man was recently indicted on one count of bias intimidation in the fourth degree.

This criminal, Scott Cooney, had “verbally harassed and threatened” neighbors for months, “using anti-gay and anti-semitic language.”  He had also “carved a swastika” into their front lawn.

Another New Jersey man, David Smith of Little Egg Harbor, recently pled guilty “to a fourth-degree count of bias intimidation and a count of resisting arrest.”

Smith had “made racial slurs toward an African-American man who was walking past his
home, which resulted in a physical altercation between the two and then with police…”

Attorney Samuel Sachs explains that "a person is guilty of the crime of bias intimidation if he commits, attempts to commit, conspires with another to commit, or threatens the immediate
commission of an offense specified in chapters 11 through 18 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes…”

These offences include intimidation regarding “race, color, religion, gender, disability,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity…”


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