HNBA commends federal indictments in hate crime case

WASHINGTON- The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds the U.S. Department of Justice for investigating and prosecuting the 2008 murder of Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala, an immigrant of Hispanic origin and resident of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury returned multiple indictments against two teens and three police-officers for the racially motivated fatal beating of Luis Ramirez, in addition to obstruction of justice, conspiracy, official misconduct and extortion charges related to Mr. Ramirez’s death.

This indictment comes on the heels of the signing into law of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy earlier this year (D-MA), which, among other things, permits the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute hate crimes in which the victim is targeted because of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Roman D. Hernandez, HNBA National President, stated, “This development is an example of our system of justice functioning at its best, it demonstrates that the wave of hate crimes being perpetrated — whether against Hispanics or any group — will not go unpunished. I am glad to see that the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice is leading to the application of justice under Federal Law for the murder of Luis Ramirez. The wife and child of Mr. Ramirez, left without a husband and a father as a result of this senseless murder, deserve no less.”


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