Lydia Sanford joined sisters Erika and Felicia Stroud in reportedly beating a gay man. They are now being charged with a hate crime. The only thing is…all three women are lesbians.
The beating occurred Sunday at the Forest Hills T Station in Boston, Mass. when the man’s backpack bumped into the women on the stairwell. The victim suffered a broken nose. The question at hand is whether or not the three lesbians could be charged with a hate crime for beating up a gay male.
Civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate told Boston Herald, “My guess is that no sane jury would convict them under those circumstances, but what this really demonstrates is the idiocy of the hate-crime legislation. If you beat someone up, you’re guilty of assault and battery of a human being. Period. The idea of trying to break down human beings into categories is doomed to failure.”
ACLU staff attorney Sarah Wunsch disagreed. “Someone who is Jewish can be anti-Semitic. The mere fact that someone is a member of the same class doesn’t mean they could not be motivated by hatred for their very own group.”
The ladies were released on bail ranging from $100 – $500 cash.