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Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon attorney general

In late October, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office won the first conviction under Oregon’s new hate crime law. The case involved a 50-year-old man who hurled slurs at two gay men before picking a fight with them. 

The conviction marks a shift in Oregon’s response to hate crimes under a new law passed earlier this year . . .

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