Pa. Jury: Immigrant's Beating Death No Hate Crime

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- A representative of the victim's family says the acquittal of two white teens in the beating death of an illegal Mexican immigrant is a "complete failure of justice."

Gladys Limon, staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund attended the trial and informed Luis Ramirez's family of the verdict.

Prosecutors called the beating death a hate crime, and they urged an all-white jury in Pennsylvania coal country to punish two white teenagers for their roles in the attack.

But the jury found the teens innocent of all serious charges.

Both teens were convicted of simple assault late Friday.

The trial pitted popular football players against a 25-year-old Hispanic man, who appeared willing to fight.

Limon says the evidence "clearly established that Luis Ramirez was brutally beaten."


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  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on May 3, 2009 at 11:25 PM
    If someone is about to beat me up, I will appear willing to fight as well...LOL That is stupid. If this man's death was a result of the beating he recieved from these two 'boys' then they should be charged accordingly, PERIOD.
  • by Judy Location: Oregon on May 3, 2009 at 09:21 PM
    I grew up in Pennsylvania and see that it is still possible to buy a jury there. Just the sheer numbers of attackers against one man show the rest of America what really happened that night. The rest of American understands what happened and we feel and share the pain of your son's/brother's death. Rest assured that these jubilant boys and their families know what they did that night and will have to live with it forever. And the boys and their families will get their ultimate justice from their God eventually. I have always been proud to be from Pennsylvania, but tonight I am glad to be living in Oregon. The ignorance and bitterness in Pottsville, Pa. is very apparent. I can't believe the jurors heard the evidence and saw the photos of the victim and called this a "simple assault" A fatal kick to the head of an unconcsious man which caused his brain to "ooze out" by a big dumb football player, at least the football player has an excuse. But what of the jury?
  • by Dave on May 2, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Somebody recently asked me if I thought this was a hate crime. I told them it BEATS me.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 2, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Why not report both sides of this story. This whole article was about what "Illegal immagrant representative Limon says". What about the other side of this thing. The illegal immagrant wanted to fight. There was much more to this story than the politically correct AP fantasy.
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