On Sunday evening, five men were arrested for Nevada hate crimes after allegedly battering a gay man and calling him homophobic slurs at a Hard Rock Hotel parking garage. Keron Cumberbatch, Aaron Bob-Goldman, Damion Campbell, Rashon Wiggins and Eidryce Marks were released from the Clark County Detention Center after posting bail. The reported victim sustained cuts and jaw pain and was treated at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center.
"There are various possible defenses to hate crime charges in Nevada, including lack of bias and First Amendment protections," explains Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Michael Becker. "Otherwise, additional offenses include self-defense, accident, mistaken identity, false accusations, lack of evidence, or police misconduct. If the prosecution cannot prove that the underlying battery occurred, it may be possible to get the hate crime charge dropped."
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