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EDVA: Hate-crime law unconstitutional as applied to Amazon worker (access required)

An Amazon warehouse employee who beat up a coworker based on the victim’s sexual orientation couldn't be convicted of a federal hate crime, though the jury delivered a guilty verdict. The act didn't affect interstate commerce and, thus, was outside the scope of Congress’s authority. Background Defendant James Hill worked at an Amazon fulfillment center in Chester. ...