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Issue Position: Crime

Issue Position

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If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Crime, in most cases, is to be dealt with by state and local governments. I support the right of states and localities to execute criminals convicted of capital crimes and to require restitution for the victims of criminals. Federal involvement in state and local criminal justice processes should be limited to that which is Constitutionally permitted.

Furthermore, I oppose defendants being charged and tried by both state and federal jurisdictions under different laws for the same alleged criminal act, thus violating the Constitutionally secured prohibition against double jeopardy.
I am opposed to "hate crime" legislation and to enhanced penalties for so called hate crimes. Nobody can read another's mind, so there is no reasonable way to prosecute such laws. We recognize that a real result of the designation of "hate crime" is to extend federal jurisdiction to crimes which would otherwise be in the province of the states and to legislate our thoughts.

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