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As Religious Attacks Increase In New York, More and More Are Considered Hate Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The act of a New York synagogue being vandalized on February 16 is officially being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Division as a hate crime. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, violence committed against Jewish groups is on the rise throughout the state, and there have been close to 50 of these crimes… Read More »


New York Man Accused Of Hate Crime For Rant On Train

By Phillip J. Murphy |

One man’s alleged “rant” has led to a hate crime charges to be filed against him in New York in May, as well as one count of second-degree aggravated harassment. Cases like these are important to follow in order to understand where state law draws the line in terms of free speech and hate… Read More »


When Protesting Turns into a Crime

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The rally in Charlottesville has captured national headlines recently, particularly because it ended with three people killed and some 34 injured. Americans have long-enjoyed free speech rights and the right to assemble. But when does it turn into something more; i.e. something that could be construed as hate crime, or other, even more violent… Read More »


Congress Seeks To Increase Crack Down Against Hate Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On March 13th, the Associated Press announced that U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is introducing legislation that would strengthen those federal laws relied upon to combat hate crimes across the nation. Specifically, his bill would reportedly create incentives for law enforcement to both go after and document hate crimes, establish grants to fund state-run hate… Read More »

Governor Cuomo Orders Investigation into Racial Bias in New York State Prisons

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On Monday December 5th, Governor Cuomo announced that he was ordering an investigation into racial bias in the prison system of New York after an investigation conducted by the New York Times revealed that black inmates were punished at significantly higher rates, where guards were reported as using racism on a regular basis in… Read More »

Police Going Undercover to Combat Hate Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

This election season has been a heated one, with bizarre incidents of people finding hate speech written on walls of schools, churches, and, in many instances, all over social media sites. For example, it was reported that mosques all over the country received thousands of handwritten letters threatening Muslims over the Thanksgiving holiday alone…. Read More »

When is a Crime Considered a Hate Crime in New York?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In August of this year, two Rockland County rabbis were shocked to find themselves victims of a disturbing act of violence in their Clarkstown Town homes. Living only a few houses apart, within a matter of minutes, a group of teens allegedly set off loud fireworks on the property of each of the rabbis…. Read More »

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