James Jacobs

James Jacobs is the director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University Law School.

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Are Hate Crime Laws Necessary?

Monday, March 19, 2012

As the webcam-spying trial of Rutgers student Dharun Ravi comes to an end, some people have questioned whether hate crime laws are necessary at all. On the one hand, they dole out harsher punishments for crimes motivated by discrimination and bigotry. On the other, is the same crime worse depending on the identity of the victim? In the Rutgers case, the jury must decide if Ravi's actions constituted a hate crime or just a tasteless prank.

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Examining the long list of allegations

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A legal expert looks at the affidavit against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.