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Guilty, but not of hate.

After the recent acquittal of a Georgia man on hatecrimes charges in the case of an apparent antigay attack at Atlanta's Morehouse College, some people are asking, What makes a hate crime?

Less than a month after the college's upbeat graduation ceremony, a jury on June 11 found 19-year-old Aaron Price guilty in the baseball-bat beating of a fellow student in a dorm shower and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Price testified that he thought Gregory Love was making a sexual advance by looking into his shower stall. Love who said he is not gay, told the jury he merely mistook Price for his roommate. During the attack, which left Love with a fractured skull, Price yelled antigay slurs, Have testified. But after less than 15 minutes of deliberation, the jury acquited Price of violating Georgia's new hate-crimes law, which could have added another five years to his sentence.

Eric Friedly, spokesman for the Fulton Country district attorney's office, said that "we may need to reexamine the language [of the law]." Jessica DuLong
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Title Annotation:Crime
Author:DuLong, Jessica
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:Jul 22, 2003
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