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House Proceeding 04-29-09 on Apr 29th, 2009 :: 1:20:15 to 1:21:40
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Lamar S. Smith

1:20:13 to 1:20:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: not for any reason. mr. speaker, i thank you and i thank the leadership of the matthew shepard family for keeping us on mark about what it mns to be protected. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mrsmith: i yield myself two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. s

Lamar S. Smith

1:20:15 to 1:21:40( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar S. Smith

1:20:35 to 1:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: criminals who kill certain people will be punished more harshly than those who kill a police officer a military service member or others. all crime victims should have equal worth in the eyes of the law. ordinarily, criminal law does

Lamar S. Smith

1:20:57 to 1:21:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: not concern itself with motive, why a person acted, but rather with intent, whether the perpetrator intended or knew they would cause harm. if someone intends to harm a person, no motive makes them more or less culpable for their conduct. this legislation will force law enforcement officials and prosecutors to gather evidence

Lamar S. Smith

1:21:18 to 1:21:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: about the offenders' thoughts and words, regardless of the criminality of their actions. when the government starts to punish thoughts that dangerous road to travel. where does it end? with thought police? mr. speaker, we cannot legislate aw

Lamar S. Smith

1:21:39 to 1:21:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: we criminalize a person's

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