Trio Acquitted Of Hate Crime, Battery Charges In Alleged Anti-Gay CTA Attack

11/30/2011 04:34 pm ET

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times:

Three men accused of beating an openly gay man Daniel Hauff on a northbound Red Line El train while yelling anti-gay slurs have been found innocent.

Judge Diane Cannon ruled on Nov. 30 that Sean Little, Kevin McAndrew and Benjamin Eder were not guilty on charges of aggravated battery and felony hate crime.

The case stems from a January 2010 altercation, during which Hauff claimed he was attacked by the three for interrupting anti-gay bullying. Hauff testified that the three turned their attention to him, kicking and punching him while they called him "faggot" and "stupid faggot." Hauff said that he smeared his blood on the defendants and told them he was HIV-positive in order to ward off the attack. The incident made national headlines.

But Hauff's media blitz in the days that followed the alleged attack came to undo his credibility, said Cannon.

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