Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jury deliberations begin in Pa. hate crime case

Jury deliberations begin in Pa. hate crime case

SCRANTON, Pa. — Two men charged with a hate crime in the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant waited Thursday to learn their fate, more than two years after the assault angered Hispanic groups and exposed simmering ethnic tensions in a small former mining town.

A jury in Scranton began deliberating Thursday morning in the federal trial of Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky. They are charged with violating the civil rights of Luis Ramirez, a 25-year-old illegal immigrant who died in July 2008 following a confrontation with a group of white high school football players in Shenandoah.

Prosecutors alleged that Donchak and Piekarsky beat and kicked Ramirez because they didn't like Hispanics and wanted them out of their town. Donchak is also charged in a plot to cover up the attack and obstruct an FBI investigation.....

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