Mistrial Declared On Hate Crime Charges
Three students were charged in a high-profile 2013 hate crime case at San Jose State University. They were also charged with battery for putting a bike lock around the neck Donald Williams Jr. a Black freshman. All three were found guilty of misdemeanor battery. They can serve up to six months in jail. One has escaped conviction on the hate crime charge, and the jury hung on deciding the fate of the two others. A fourth student has been charged as a juvenile in the case. There is no available information on that case.
The defendants are Colin Warren of Woodacre (20) , Logan Beaschler of Bakersfield (20), and Joseph “Brett” Bomgardner, of Clovis (21). The charges came due to varying degrees of subjecting Donald Williams Jr., who was 17, to repeated bullying that prosecutors say rose to the level of a hate crime during the fall of 2013.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office says it will consider asking for a retrial on the hate crime charges.
San Jose State University President Mo Qayoumi took personal responsibility for the student’s behavior. The bullying included putting a U-shaped bike lock around Williams’ neck, refusal to give him the key, trying to lock him in a closet and displaying a Confederate flag in their shared suite. Prosecutors claimed the defendants also called him “three-fifths” and “fraction,” referring to the fraction the U.S. Census used to count black slaves in the South in the 18th and early 19th centuries for the purpose of representation in Congress.
“This violence did not happen in a historical vacuum,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said Monday. “This violent act was done to a young black college student by five white men, an injustice inflicted upon him because of the color of his skin.”
There is a $5 million lawsuit pending against the defendants and the university.
With the confederate flag and swastika being displayed, the jury should not have doubted that Donald was being insulted, demeaned, and treated cruelly because of his race.
The Young Turks bring out more about the case including the logic that allowed the jury to close their eyes to the racial animus.
Posted on 02/28/2016, in Cases, civil rights, Trial Videos and tagged Colin Warren, Donald Williams Jr., hate-crime, Joseph Bomgardner, Logan Beaschler, San Jose State Unversity. Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.