Philadelphia Hate Crime Case Goes Unpunished; No Jail Time for Gay Bashing

The names of the perpetrators were corrected.  They were Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan.

In the City of Brotherly Love, gay bashing apparently goes unpunished.

In September 2014, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan  and Kathryn Knot were the perpetrators of a brutal assault of gay couple – Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught – in Center City Philadelphia.

PhillyMag reports:

Two of the three suspects in the September 2014 attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia entered guilty pleas on Thursday morning, bringing their cases to a close after months of plea negotiations. A third suspect indicated she plans to go to trial.

Kevin Harrigan pleaded to one count each of simple assault and conspiracy. Philip Williams pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and aggravated assault. They had been charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault, and reckless endangerment. Neither man will spend a day in jail.

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Kathryn Knott, whose father is the police chief in the wealthy suburban township of Abington, has decided to take her chances in the courtroom, opting for a trial.  Thanks for Pennsylvania Lawmakers, members of the LGBTQ community are not protected by hate crime laws and a bill to change that is destined to die in committee.

Their names, their crimes and social media accounts will forever be archived on internet search engines, and that information will be staring future employers in the face.  If there is one silver lining that can come from this, karma will be following these folks around until the end of time, but meanwhile, violently assaulting someone for their sexual orientation will go unpunished in the City of Brotherly Love and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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