It seems like reform needs to happen in the court system as well, given the length of time it took to initiate a trial and the eventual lenient sentence. Will the precedent of this case make courts reconsider their approach in the future? Was there enough backlash to have this effect, or will cases such as these continue to be treated in the same way? If courts recognize and demonstrate that discrimination-based hate crimes like this one are unacceptable and will be punished harshly, the deterrent effect may be strengthened.
Thank you for your post; even though this is an extremely sad topic, it is important to raise a consciousness of it. As you said, discriminatory acts pervade even societies considered to be more forward-thinking.]]>