Last week, a jury in a Federal Court in Pennsylvania convicted Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky of violating the civil rights of Luis Ramirez, when the two former high school football players from Shenandoah, PA beat and kicked the Mexican immigrant to death in July 2008.
From the Cypress Times:
The jury found the defendants guilty of violating the criminal component of the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it a crime to use a person’s race, national origin or ethnicity as a basis to interfere, with violence or threats of violence, with a person’s right to live where he chooses to live. In addition, the jury found that Donchak conspired to, and did in fact, obstruct justice.
The Feds stepped in with Hate Crime charges after the state court allowed Donchak and Piekarsky to get away with murder. Now the two face life in prison. Sentencing will be Jan. 24, 2011.
Is this the road to justice though?