- Deadlock in Hayden "Hate Crime" Hoax trial
After a week-long trial, a jury failed to reach a verdict in an arson trial against Robert Hayden, 64, who stands accused of assisting Scott Zamitalo in an attempt to stage what they hoped would appear a hate crime. Zamatilo and his wife, a mixed-race couple, arrived home from
a trip to Coeur d’Alene in October, 2003, and reported to the sheriffs office that their home was on fire. A rude cross had been erected in the yard, and racial epithets painted on a barn. Investigators looking into the incident quickly determined that the fire was suspicious, and it didn’t take long for their suspicions to turn onto Zamitalo, who soon confessed that he’d conspired to burn the house, hoping that insurance he’d collect would pay for a move back to Wisconsin. He implicated Hayden in the conspiracy, and investigators learned that a heater that had been tampered with and was the cause of the fire had allegedly been purchased by Hayden at the Ponderay Wal-Mart shortly before the fire. - (Aetius)
- Islamic Palestinian female preacher, stabbed to death in her Louisiana home - "victim of hate" says family
An autopsy showed Iman, who was six months pregnant with a girl, was stabbed 33 times in the upper body, and that some of those wounds were defensive. The Muslim community placed a bounty on the head of the murderer.
- Police investigate BB gun incident as a hate crime
Police said they are looking for four white teenagers who yelled racial epithets and fired a BB gun Tuesday at a black teenager walking through Mount Greenwood Park.
- Md. arson probe eyes possible hate crime
Md. -- Authorities are investigating whether an arson spree at a new housing development in a Washington suburb was a hate crime, since many of the homeowners are black, a federal prosecutor said yesterday.
- New Zealand: Broadcaster Tony Veitch is under fire for calling an African American tennis player "the world's ultimate golliwog"
Veitch was interviewing James Blake - who is coming to Auckland for next month's Heineken Open - on Friday, when he asked why the popular player had cut off his dreadlocks. Radio Sport is owned by the Radio Network, home to Newstalk ZB, which
came under attack last year when Paul Holmes called United Nations
secretary-general Kofi Annan a "cheeky darkie". - (undergroundpa)