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Posted: 8/1/2005 7:27:52 AM EDT
White woman's killing at Westchester mall to be prosecuted as hate crime


By JIM FITZGERALD
Associated Press Writer

July 26, 2005, 6:33 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The fatal stabbing of a 56-year-old woman at a Westchester County mall will be prosecuted as a hate crime because the suspect said "he wanted to kill a white person," District Attorney Jeanine Pirro said Tuesday.

Phillip Grant, 43, who is black, was indicted Tuesday on charges of murder as a hate crime, murder and possession of a weapon in the June 29 killing of Concetta Russo-Carriero in the parking garage of the Galleria Mall in White Plains.

If convicted of murder as a hate crime, the minimum sentence would be 20 years to life instead of 15 years to life, prosecutors said.

"The statute makes it very clear that if you intend to kill someone and intentionally select your victim based upon your belief of their race, color, religion or sexual orientation that the crime can be charged as a hate crime," Pirro said.

A call to Grant's lawyer, Darien Zoppo, was not immediately returned.

In a 45-minute tape played at a court hearing earlier this month, Grant told police that he was fighting a race war and killed the woman because she was white.

"All I knew was she had blond hair and blue eyes and she had to die," he said. "(She) was not an innocent victim _ because she was white."

Grant, who was homeless, was a convicted rapist and a Level 3 sex offender who had served his maximum sentence. He was in the habit of roaming downtown White Plains during the day and using a county shelter at night.

The killing has produced growing support for a civil commitment law that would subject a violent sex offender to a second trial upon his or her release. A jury would determine whether a convict should be kept in a mental institution until no longer considered dangerous.

Earlier Tuesday, at a hearing led by state Sen. Jeff Klein, the victim's husband and grown sons joined the fight for such a law. Jonathan Carriero said it should be called Connie's Law, after his mother.

"Connie's Law would be very important to us and our family in addition to the community by keeping these level 3 sex offenders away from innocent people," he said.

Another son, Michael Carriero, said, "She's happy that we're doing this. And this is what she would want."

Pirro, who says she will run for an unspecified statewide office, has repeatedly criticized the state Assembly leadership for not allowing a vote on a bill already passed by the Senate.

"It is time for action and not for hearings," she said. "The only real option for the most severe and serious sex offenders is civil confinement."

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver issued a statement saying Assembly committees "are reviewing whether civil confinement legislation or other legislation that would further punish sex offenders would be the most effective way to make our communities safer. ... Civil confinement is one solution for a problem that requires a comprehensive, multifaceted approach."

A public hearing is scheduled for September, he said, and testimony would be sought from representatives of other states that have similar laws.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:30:36 AM EDT
First time I've heard of a black being prosecuted for a hate crime.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:31:55 AM EDT
Hate crime law = worthless "feel-good" legislation. I think we're all in agreement on this, yes?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:35:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:
Hate crime law = worthless "feel-good" legislation. I think we're all in agreement on this, yes?



Of course we're in agreement. Is it possible to disagree and still be rational?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:36:15 AM EDT
Yeah, but in this case, it took the perp to stand up and declare he was just looking for a white person to kill, and even then, it took some convincing to get the charge brought up.

HOWEVER, if any white commits just about any crime against a black person, its almost automatically charged as a hate crime....

Double standard BS brought to you by liberals and socialists...
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:37:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:37:16 AM EDT

If convicted of murder as a hate crime, the minimum sentence would be 20 years to life instead of 15 years to life, prosecutors said.


That'll teach him won't it?

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:38:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:39:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:

Originally Posted By PBIR:
Hate crime law = worthless "feel-good" legislation. I think we're all in agreement on this, yes?

Apparently a rape conviction and sexual effenses (same crime or two different ones?) isn't bad enough to keep him in prison.



sometimes it only gets a person county jail time and they are out in 3 months.

SGatr15
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:41:41 AM EDT
"Grant, who was homeless, was a convicted rapist and a Level 3 sex offender who had served his maximum sentence. He was in the habit of roaming downtown White Plains during the day and using a county shelter at night."

Now its gets three meals a day and a roof over his head, all on your or my dime.
I say execute him.

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:52:18 AM EDT

Yeah, but in this case, it took the perp to stand up and declare he was just looking for a white person to kill, and even then, it took some convincing to get the charge brought up.

HOWEVER, if any white commits just about any crime against a black person, its almost automatically charged as a hate crime....

Double standard BS brought to you by liberals and socialists...



+1
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 8:12:43 AM EDT
Does anyone have a link to the SouthPark "Hate crimes, a vicious dichotomy" speech?

96Ag
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 8:55:24 AM EDT
I think the whole hate crime thing is stupid...but if your gonna have it, then it should apply to all races evenly. Still, I'm *stunned* that a black person got charged with one.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:03:44 AM EDT
On an unrelated matter, I'd like to add that I don't much care for naming laws after people. Megan's law, Amber alerts, Brady bill, and now Connie's law.

That is all.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:05:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
White woman's killing at Westchester mall to be prosecuted as hate crime



[revJJackson] This is an outrage! People, this isn't right, fo how can there be a hate crime when the bitch be white?![/revJJackson]


Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:19:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PerryF:
"Grant, who was homeless, was a convicted rapist and a Level 3 sex offender who had served his maximum sentence. He was in the habit of roaming downtown White Plains during the day and using a county shelter at night."

Now its gets three meals a day and a roof over his head, all on your or my dime.
I say execute him.




Works for me!!
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:21:10 AM EDT
Ask anyone with Tulsa PD about the "Black Officers' Coalition"...


Hey, what would they say if someone made up a "White Officers' Coalition"?
(and pleeze spare us the bullshit, "It's all the white officers' coalition")
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:26:11 AM EDT
Thats a first, hope they actually do something
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:46:48 AM EDT
About damn time, but I wont believe it until I see it happen.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:54:12 AM EDT
Wouldn't any murder be a hate crime?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 10:22:34 AM EDT
This person will never be prosecuted for a hate crime. Only White males can be guilty of hate crimes.
Can you see Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton if they tried to prosecute this guy? They'd have the media and all the guilty White liberals up in arms.
According to the liberals, the Black race is far superior to any others. Just look at Africa...
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