Utah "Hate Crimes" Law Approved by Federal Judge

Utah "Hate Crimes" Law Approved by Federal Judge

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(KSL News) -- Utah's disputed 1992 hate crimes law has gotten the stamp of approval from a federal judge.

The judge ruled the law is constitutional, but now the attorney who defended it says it's misnamed.

That's because he says it doesn't actually deal with hate crimes and says it should be called the "Exercise of Rights" law.

The law focuses on the intent of the perpetrator rather than the status of the victim.

It targets any action that intends to "intimidate or terrorize" another person and keep that person from exercising constitutional rights.

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