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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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