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[–] Behuvius 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think the psychology and state of mind of the perpetrator is incredibly significant to the overall foundation of why they committed this crime. This is the very definition of "motive" and is a part of the trio to prove ones guilt in a crime "Means, opportunity, motive"

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[–] EngelbertHumperdinck 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My point is that people don't often commit acts of violence against people who they don't hate. The term 'hate crime' was created to justify harsher sentences in cases where the victim is a minority —as if the fact that the victim was part of a 'hated' group somehow makes the crime worse. It doesn't.