ADL Says Supreme Court Procedural Decision Does Not Affect Constitutionality
of Hate Crime Laws
New York, NY, June 26, 2000ÖThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL), while
expressing its disappointment that the U. S. Supreme Court rejected a specific
New Jersey hate crimes statute, nevertheless welcomed the Courtís recognition
that hate crimes laws are constitutionally sound.
Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
National Director, issued the following statement:
ADL is disappointed by the Supreme Courtís ruling on this particular
statute but we applaud the Courtís continued support of hate crimes
legislation. We remain confident that enhanced punishment for bias-motivated
crimes is appropriate and that it sends a clear message that these crimes
are taken extremely seriously and punished accordingly.
The Court did not back away from its previous ruling that bias-motivated
crimes are among the most destructive to victims and to society and that
perpetrators of these crimes deserve more severe sentences. The decision
merely clarifies the appropriate standard of proof for sentencing.
We stand ready to work with the New Jersey Legislature to craft a revised
hate crimes law consistent with this Supreme Court decision.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.