A judge in Brooklyn ruled that the prosecution could add hate crimes enhancements to the charges being pressed again three defendants in the case of Michael Sandy's murder.
Micheal Sandy was lured to a beach in New York where he was beaten and then ran away into oncoming traffic. He died of injuries related to that car hitting him.
The defense said that this could not properly be labeled a hate crime because the defendants didn't choose their victim because they hated gays, just because they thought an easy way to find a target was to meet a guy in a gay chatrooms and get him to come to a secluded area.
But the judge found:
The grand jury evidence shows that this is not a case where hate crimes are charged simply because the victim just happened to be of a particular sexual orientation.
Rather, this is a case where the defendants deliberately set out to commit a violent crime against a man whom they intentionally selected because of his sexual orientation. Thus, the hate crimes charges in this case are consistent with the intent of the Legislature.