Uncovering Hate Crimes in America

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Prosecution at the Local and Federal Level

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects individuals from double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime or multiple punishment in the same indictment). However, a defendant in an alleged hate crime case can be charged by their local court as well as prosecuted under federal law. This is because the two governments (local/state and federal) are considered to be different sovereigns in the eyes of the law, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Photo: Cristian Baitg/ Getty Images)

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