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February 28, 2017

Statement of Chancellor Deborah R. Gross on Recent Hate Crimes

In response to the recent series of hate crimes, Chancellor Deborah R. Gross today issued the following statement on behalf of the 12,000 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association:

“Crimes of hate have no place in a civil society. Recent threats on human life and acts of desecration motivated by hate must not be tolerated and those responsible must be held accountable for their actions. The Philadelphia Bar Association has a long-standing history of support for equal treatment under the law for all citizens including the expansion of state and federal hate crimes laws. As members of the legal profession, we have a special responsibility to defend and uphold our commitment to justice, equality and the rule of law under our Constitution. An attack on a person’s identity – religious or otherwise – is an attack on the principles upon which our nation was founded. The increase in hate crimes directed at religious beliefs, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants and the LGBTQ community is disturbing and cowardly. As a strong legal community, we must speak out against hate in all forms. We condemn such acts of hatred and intimidation and support all efforts to bring those who engage in such actions to swift justice.”

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