Are ‘hate crime’ charges necessary?

Two white men accused of fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery in what his family is calling a modern-day lynching will not face hate crime charges in Georgia, according to state investigators.

USA Today: White men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery won’t face Georgia hate crime charges. Here’s why.

I am not sure that Georgia’s position is at all unreasonable.

The men are charged with murder in a capital punishment state.

The ‘hate’ or ‘bias’ is undeniably part of the circumstances or motives of the crime, but somehow I don’t think that a statutory enhancement to a punishment that is already capital is either necessary or desirable.

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