Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

On May 19, 2011, Frankie Maybee of Green Forest, Arkansas, was convicted by jury of five counts of committing a federal hate crime.  In June 2010, Maybee and his accomplice targeted five Hispanic men in a gas station parking lot. Though Maybee did not know the men and the five did not do or say anything to provoke them, Maybee yelled racial epithets at the men.  Assuming, of course, that all Hispanics are from Mexico, he told them to “go back to Mexico.”  When the victims drove away, Maybee and his accomplice pursued them in Maybee’s truck. Maybee rammed into the victims’ car repeatedly, causing the victims’ car to crash into a tree and ignite. The victims were badly injured; one sustained life-threatening injuries. According to the Justice Department, Maybee and his accomplice were the first defendants in the nation to be convicted under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

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