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Hate Crimes Act Applies To Amazon Assault, 4th Circ. Says

Law360 (June 13, 2019, 9:34 PM EDT) -- A split Fourth Circuit appeals panel on Thursday ruled that an Amazon worker who assaulted a gay colleague was properly prosecuted under the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act because the incident took place during work hours at a shipping facility and thus impacted interstate commerce.

U.S. Circuit Judge James A. Wynn Jr., joined by Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, wrote in the majority opinion that the applicability of the federal hate crimes law to workplace assaults "appears to be an issue of first impression in this circuit or any other."

Relying on several past U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the Fourth Circuit judges...

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