State of New York Outlaws Display of Noose As Means of Intimidation

Governor David A. Paterson has signed a bill into law that will allow criminal punishment of threats made through the display of nooses. The bill classifies the display of a noose to harass or threaten a bias victim as a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. The governor noted, however, that the legislation contains flaws that still need to be addressed.

 

By Patricia Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

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