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Ky. Men Acquitted In Anti-Gay Hate Crime Case

KYHateCrimeAnthony Ray Jenkins and David Jason Jenkins managed to escape a federal hate crime guilty verdict in their Kentucky trial yesterday. The Jenkins boys were brought up on kidnapping and hate crime charges after they attacked 29-year old Kevin Pennington in 2009.

Pennington and prosecutors said Pennington's sexual orientation was the target; defense said the incident stemmed from a family feud and accused prosecutors of kowtowing to President Obama's "special interests" looking to win the federal government's first anti-gay hate crime case.

"If the government and President Obama want to bow to the special-interest groups, that’s their business, but they picked the wrong case," said the criminal defense attorney, Willis Coffey. Coffey previously challenged the hate crime charge for "arbitrarily" creating "protected classes".

While they escaped hate crimes charges, the Jenkins cousins were found guilty of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap. They will be sentenced in February.

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  1. Where in the article is a "family feud" mentioned? You have jurors who thought it WAS a drug deal gone bad, and every party here had what the legal system calls "dirty hands".

    Always taking a news story and re-writing what it actually says here.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 25, 2012 8:50:43 AM


  2. BTW, from my understanding "dirty hands" means someone is prosecuting for a crime committed against them when they were in the process of committing a crime at the time.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 25, 2012 8:53:35 AM


  3. It's kowtowing. Not cow-towing. The first is a specialized form of bowing that shows deep respect, the second involves dragging cows somewhere.

    Posted by: Harrison | Oct 25, 2012 9:09:53 AM


  4. In all fairness to Belonsky they do look like the kind of guys who would tow a cow across state lines for illicit purposes.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Oct 25, 2012 10:18:28 AM


  5. They also look like guys who would be pissed off if Kentucky enacted a marriage equality law but forbade marriage of same sex cousins.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 25, 2012 11:29:26 AM


  6. They also look like guys who would be pissed off if Kentucky enacted a marriage equality law but forbade marriage of same sex cousins.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 25, 2012 11:29:27 AM


  7. I believe the incident in question took place at Kingdom Come state park. Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Diaphanous Lunacies | Oct 25, 2012 12:06:52 PM


  8. Look like a couple of cow-tippers to me.

    Seriously....drugs are bad, m'kay. That goes for gays too.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 25, 2012 12:15:28 PM


  9. What is it with white trash thugs and those mustaches?

    I can use the phrase 'White Trash' because I'm white, just like I can use the F-word because I'm gay. Kinda of like how so many black folks freely and liberally use the N-word.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 25, 2012 12:18:17 PM


  10. Did anyone think there would be justice for a gay person in Kentucky, dream on.

    Posted by: lk | Oct 25, 2012 3:51:59 PM


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