Thursday, February 17, 2005

Not a hate crime

The murderer of David Rosenzweig -- whose case we discussed here -- has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. However, the judge also concluded that Rosenzweig z'l was not the victim of a hate crime.
Lawyer Tim Danson, who represents the Rosenzweigs, said later that the family is content with the outcome.
So, too, was Len Rudner of the Canadian Jewish Congress, voicing confidence in the police and prosecutors. "They have all the evidence and we bow to their knowledge.
"But as the Crown said, while this may not have been a hate crime, it clearly had a tremendous impact on the Jewish community and I have to believe that played a role in the decision of the judge to accept the 15-year [minimum] sentence that was proposed."
The 'tremendous impact on the Jewish community,' one should point out, was mostly due to the fact that the community leaders whipped everyone up into a frenzy claiming this was a hate crime although there was never any evidence of this.

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