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  • Maryland Delegate Proposes Changing Hate Crime Law After Deadly Frederick Fair Attack
    Quote:A state delegate for Frederick County, Maryland, is proposing changes to the state's hate crime law after a man was fatally attacked at a county fair.

    John Weed, of Mount Airy, was at the Great Frederick Fair with his family on Friday when officials say a 15-year-old boy sucker punched him, without provocation. The teen and his 16-year-old brother had asked Weed for a dollar and he refused, according to prosecutors. Weed died the next day at age 59.

    Del. Dan Cox, a Republican, introduced a bill Tuesday call the John Weed Dignity Act. It would add "dignity of the human body" along with harassment and destruction of property to a list of acts that fall under the hate crime statute, The Frederick News-Post reports.

    The bill would make it a hate crime if a person intentionally throws, hits, spits on, smears, or ejects any bodily fluids on someone if they refuse to give money or "any tangible thing" to that person.

    Maryland Delegate Proposes Changes
    To Hate Crime Law After Deadly Frederick Fair Attack

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