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House Proceeding 04-29-09 on Apr 29th, 2009 :: 0:24:55 to 0:27:45
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Bob Goodlatte

0:24:52 to 0:25:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: his disagreement on this issue, for facilitating this bill coming to the floor. and i yiel my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, who is the vice ranking member of the judiciary committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes.

Bob Goodlatte

0:24:55 to 0:27:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte

0:25:14 to 0:25:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: mr. goodlatte: i thank the gentleman from texas for yielding. mr. speaker, we all agree that every violent crime is deplorable, despikeable regardless of its motivation and regardless of -- despicable regardless of its motivation and this bill undermines our basic principles of the criminal justice system and raises federalism concerns. under the provisions of h.r.

Bob Goodlatte

0:25:37 to 0:25:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: 1913, justice will no longer be equal but will depend on the race, sex, sexual orientation, disability or other protected status of the victim. in my view, all victims should have equal worth in the eyes of the law. why should other groups like senior citizens, veterans, children and pregnant women not also receive the added protections under this bill?

Bob Goodlatte

0:25:59 to 0:26:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: the distinguished majority leader says that this is not about thought crime, it's about conduct. but the ct of the matter is the identical crime, be it a murder, a rape, an assault, a battery, whatever it might be, conducted against one of the protected classes will receive

Bob Goodlatte

0:26:20 to 0:26:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: additional penalties compared to that pregnant woman or senior citizen or veteran or child simply based upon the thought process of the perpetrator of the crime. every victim is entitled to the same fair treatment under the law. this will have a chilling effect on citizens' willingness to speak freely as citizens will adapt to a new world where

Bob Goodlatte

0:26:41 to 0:27:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: the federal government can use any unpopular statements they make against them in the future. the bill raises the real possibility that religious leaders or members of religious groups could be criminally prosecuted based on their speech or protected activities. no one should be put in fear that their constitutionally protected free speech about

Bob Goodlatte

0:27:02 to 0:27:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: controversial issues will be subject to efforts by prosecutors attempting to link that speech to violent acts taken by others. there is no evidence that states are not fully prosecuting violent crimes involving hate. in fact, 45 states and the district of columbia already have specific laws punishing hate crimes.

Bob Goodlatte

0:27:24 to 0:27:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: i abhor acts of violence against any citizen, including crimes motivated by bias against certain groups, and i believe that such crimes should be punished to the fullest exnt of the law. however, this legislation gives special preferences to certain classes of citizens and would create a chilling effect on one of our most cherished constitutional rights.

Bob Goodlatte

0:27:45 to 0:27:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: i urge my colleagues to reject

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