Prof. Eric Freedman Tells Newsday Arguments in the Shirley Hate Crime Appeal May Not Be Convincing

Eric M. Freedman, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law

Court reviews Shirley hate crime case

By Andrew Smith


March 7, 2011



Eric Freedman, a constitutional law expert at Hofstra University, was skeptical that Del Col’s argument would be convincing.

He said a different argument could be successful, however, citing a 1992 Supreme Court case in which the justices ruled that the First Amendment protects a defendant’s right to join racist groups. Therefore, membership in groups such as the Aryan Brotherhood can’t be held against a defendant during sentencing, the court ruled.

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