Skip to comments.The Federal 'Anti-Lynching' Bill Sacrifices Justice for Symbolism. In the name of fighting lynching, the bipartisan bill authorizes 10-year sentences for minor crimes like vandalism.
Posted on 06/25/2020 2:05:49 PM PDT by karpov
A few days ago, someone spray-painted "BHAZ" (for "Black House Autonomous Zone") on the pillars of St. John's Episcopal Church, the site of President Donald Trump's notorious June 1 photo op during protests against police brutality in Washington, D.C. Under the D.C. Code, that act of vandalism, assuming the damage costs less than $1,000, is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail. But under an "anti-lynching" bill that is part of the police reform packages backed by House Democrats and Senate Republicans, the same act could qualify as a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Sen. Rand Paul (RKy.) uses that example to illustrate the potential unintended consequences of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, a.k.a. the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which covers any conspiracy to violate various federal civil rights laws. If more than one person was involved in the church graffitiif one bought the spray paint and another wrote the letters, for examplethat would amount to a conspiracy. And Paul notes that the church had earlier been targeted by arsonists who spray-painted "Matthew 19:24" and "God is still watching" on the building. That context, he argues, suggests that the church was targeted because of its religious character, which violates 18 USC 247, one of the provisions cited in the anti-lynching bill.
"Had the Emmett Till Antilynching Act been federal law, those who conspired to deface St. John's Church could be prosecuted for lynching and potentially lose their liberty for up to a decade," Paul wrote in a letter to his Senate colleagues yesterday. "Those who argue that the government will not prosecute such acts as a lynching are willfully blind to the flaws within our criminal justice system"
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Arrogant and Stupid.
Antifa protestors are exempted.
Why is there any need for an “anti-lynching” bill? Murder is already against the law. It’s nothing but woketard symbolism.
Who was lynched?
These days you could go to jail for telling your black buddy to hang in there.
Another garbage bill that allows the FBI To get involved in misdemeanors. Still hunting white supremacists I see.
Democrats? The title this thread says the bill has bipartisan support
“Who was lynched?”
Leftists are attempting to murder America.
“Democrats? The title this thread says the bill has bipartisan support”
But would pass on a Democrat-Only majority
How many ?
Yes there are RINOs who are equally cuplbable.
Ironic. They won’t touch vandals right now but they want to throw the book at them in the future. Is there an exception stating only Republicans can be arrested?
I fully expect that.
“Why is there any need for an anti-lynching bill? Murder is already against the law.”
Not to mention we haven’t had a lynching in decades.
Last one I know about was the one in Jasper Texas, in the 1990s.
Last lynching was in 1981. This is just stupid. Murder is a crime....period.
bill authorizes 10-year sentences for minor crimes like vandalism.
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As long as it works BOTH WAYS...
Also, if the ‘victim’ is the victim of His/Her/ItsSELF should be double sentence plus the cost of cleaning and investigating the hoax.
I can tell you what.
Freedom of speech, freedom of association, etc.
Graffiti ‘artists’ and any vandal should get at LEAT 20 years. Hard labor. And 40 lashes each one of those.
You watch: just as it's impossible for blacks to be Racists (that honor is reserved for whites only), now it will be impossible for blacks to be guilty of Lynching. Therefore, toppling a statue and covering it with graffiti will probably still be petty crime (Not Lynching) while hanging a noose will get the full ten years (Lynching).
Burn a store? Misdemeanor.
Burn a cross? Prison time!
The federal government is intent on making everyone a criminal.