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Judge Refuses to Release 4 Accused of Beating Shown on Facebook Live

Judge Refuses to Release 4 Accused of Beating Shown on Facebook Live

– CHICAGO — A Chicago judge refused to allow four black people caught on cellphone footage taunting and beating a mentally disabled white man to post bail and leave jail, saying they are accused of such “terrible actions” that they are a danger to society.”Where was your sense of decency?”Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil asked them on Friday during their first court appearance, sounding baffled that the suspects could be charged with such cruelty toward the 18-year-old victim.
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Was Facebook Live Torture a Hate Crime? Illinois Law Has Broad Definition

Was Facebook Live Torture a Hate Crime? Illinois Law Has Broad Definition

– It was inevitable that the video would instantly become national news: like something from a horror movie, a mentally-disabled 18-year-old was bound with tape and tortured, the attackers’ ambivalence about their own cruelty magnified by streaming it live on Facebook.And it was inevitable that officials would be pressured to call it a hate crime, as the video was punctuated with attackers allegedly saying “fuck Donald trump,” “fuck white people,” and that the victim “represents trump.”The so-called Facebook 4 have been charged with hate crimes.But it’s a complex process, as a lawyer told the Tribune today:Josh Kutnick, a longtime criminal-defense attorney who has represented several people charged in Cook County with hate crimes, said such cases are often difficult for prosecutors to prove.
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