This will certainly go down in the annals of justice as a precedent setting case. A judge has determined that a man talking to his mom on the phone doesn’t constitute a hate crime. I know this sounds stupid and that’s because it is. A guy who I am assuming is white was brought up on hate crime charges because someone overheard him having a conversation with his mother. The police determined that no crime was committed and yet prosecutors still went after him. Luckily the judge in the case could see what everyone else couldn’t and threw this thing out.
Here’s the deal: Wesley Richter (not pictured) was a student at the University of Vermont. In early October of last year he was in the library media room talking to his mother on the phone. Several people were in the vicinity of him and heard his conversation. He allegedly made threats against black people in this conversation. 3 people heard what he was saying: one reported him to the police, the second disputed that any racial threats were made, and the third refused to talk to investigators.
The exact words Ricther used have not been released, but campus police initially said this according to The Burlington Free Press:
UVM’s police chief, Lianne Tuomey, sent an all-campus email Oct. 5, four days after the threat was reported, to disclose the authorities received a report regarding an overheard telephone conversation “in which a then-unidentified person allegedly used explicitly racist and threatening language directed toward African Americans and general diversity initiatives on campus.”
But as reported by Campus Reform the police determined:
…UVM police had issued a statement saying that after conducting “a thorough investigation and threat assessment,” it had “found no information of an imminent threat to public safety.”
Despite that, Richter was charged with disorderly conduct with an apparent hate crime enhancement. Judge David Fenster ruled on Tuesday that whatever Richter said on the phone to his mom wasn’t serious enough to be considered a crime.
This is already pretty crazy, but check this out:
Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George said she was not surprised by the ruling but disagreed with the decision. Prosecutors had argued in October that Richter’s overheard comments were so inflammatory and specific enough in their targeting of black students on campus that he committed a crime.
“It is what it is. The state put its best case forward. The judge looked at the law, but we see it differently. That’s what the process is for,” said George.
Yeah, the prosecutor is bitching that the judge used the actual law to determine that no crime was committed. Shouldn’t prosecutors also consult the law before filing charges?
To reiterate: A guy was talking to his mom on the phone, three people heard this conversation and two of them didn’t think there was a problem, police determined no crime was committed but arrested him anyways, and prosecutors brought charges not supported by any existing laws. This is what happens when liberals are in charge of shit and the only reason why this innocent man wasn’t convicted is because the judge was the lone voice of reason.
For the record, the University of Vermont says that Richter is no longer enrolled at the school, which I guess is their way of confirming that they kicked him out over this. Maybe if he can score the same judge, he should sue the university, prosecutors, and the police. I’d say he has a pretty good case.