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Utah's AG to Testify Today on Hate-Crimes Bill

Utah's AG to Testify Today on Hate-Crimes Bill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's attorney general is expected to testify before Congress today in an attempt to generate support in prosecuting hate crimes.

Mark Shurtleff will testify in Washington before the House Judiciary Committee. He's in favor of a measure that helps authorities seek assistance in prosecuting bias crimes.

House Bill 1592 removes a roadblock in getting federal prosecution of hate crimes. The measure also removes a prosecution requirement that a hate-crime victim was attacked while taking part in a federally protected act, such as, voting or jury duty.

------ Information from: Deseret Morning News.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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