Attorneys for the three said the man -- Daniel Hauff, 33, of Rogers Park -- intervened in a fight the men were involved in. They said state law says that for an incident to constitute a hate crime, a person has to be attackedbecause of his sexual orientation or race.
For at least a few minutes, Ocasio agreed that the men -- Sean Little, Kevin McAndrew and Benjamin Eder -- weren't guilty of a hate crime for that reason.
But after an exasperated Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti repeated how the men allegedly taunted Hauff as a "faggot" and asked him whether they'd get AIDS from him after he suffered a bloody nose and cuts, Ocasio reversed his decision and upheld the hate crime charges.
The comments on the Sun-Times report are very interesting and very homophobic. What do you think? Should these young men be charged with a felony hate crime or a simple aggravated battery because they didn't "target" Hauff because of his sexuality?