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Monday, 03 October 2011 20:11
Argus Leader - Beth Wischmeyer - Sept. 28, 2011
Federal prosecutors say hate crimes inflict great harm against society, and a recently passed act helps further ensure the safety and civil rights of Americans.
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Koliner held an information session Wednesday in Sioux Falls about the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in late 2009.
"It's a very important piece of federal legislation that, in my view, was kind of passed with a whisper in late 2009," Koliner said. "This was really an act that took 20 years of hard work of various, very brave legislators to get this passed."
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