U.S. Attorney Says He'll be Tough on Hate Crimes

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin pledged to be tough on hate crime last week at a forum on the topic. In attendance was the family of Matthew Shepard, whose murder inspired new federal hate crime laws. President Obama signed the legislation in 2009 that gives new authority to pursue hate crimes based on gender, sexual orientation and religion. Martin says he's on the lookout for hate crimes in Middle Tennessee, particularly against Muslims.

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