HUFFINGTON POST

No Hate Crime Charges In West Virginia Torture Case

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Authorities decided Wednesday not to pursue hate crime charges in the kidnapping and weeklong torture of a black woman, instead going after the suspects, who are white, on state charges that carry stiffer penalties.

While federal civil rights or state hate crime charges remain an option, a state kidnapping count that carries a sentence of up to life in prison will provide the best chance for successful prosecution, officials said.

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