What will be important in determining the outcome of this case is if there is evidence that this was a hate crime.
New York, New York (PRWEB) March 29, 2012
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights division and the FBI have opened a civil rights investigation into the Trayvon Martin case, said The New York Times (3/20/2012). Their investigation will be one independent of local Florida authorities.
According to The New York Times article, Martin, a black teenager, was shot and killed outside his stepmother’s home in Florida by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who is white and Hispanic.
“What will be important in determining the outcome of this case is if there is evidence that this was a hate crime,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.
The Justice Department announcement comes as international media coverage of the case continues to grow. No charges have been filed. The case is also being referred to a Florida grand jury, said The New York Times.
Hate crimes are attacks motivated by bias against someone’s race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
Like many states, New York has laws that provide for enhanced penalties if the motivation for the crime can be proved to have been hate or bias, explained New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman. New York’s hate crime statute covers race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability and sexual orientation.
“Hate crimes are some of the most despicable acts committed. Nobody should be harassed, bullied or targeted because of personal qualities such as race, religion, or sexual orientation,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer for over 30 years. “Hate crimes hurt entire communities, as well as the victim.”
A victim of a hate crime should call a New York civil rights violation lawyer, especially if he or she believes the crime was committed or escalated because of prejudice or bias.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including race discrimination and gender harassment in the workplace. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03), a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04), and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout