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Issue/Question:
Does bias have to be the only motivation in order to charge someone with a hate crime?

Suggested Response:

In general, no, although the answer may depend on how courts in a particular jurisdiction or State have interpreted its hate crime laws. It is not uncommon for people to commit crimes for more than one reason. Many hate crimes are successfully prosecuted even when motivations in addition to bias are proven.
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