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Assault on gay man falls under federal Hate Crimes Act (access required)

In a case of first impression in any circuit, a majority of the court held the federal Hate Crimes Act may be constitutionally applied to an assault of a victim engaged in interstate commercial activity at his place of work. Background On May 22, 2015, defendant James Hill III, without provocation or warning, repeatedly punched a coworker ...