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News Roundup for July 12, 2011

Police in Newburgh, N.Y., are investigating a possible hate crime after a gay couple said they were beaten bloody by a group of women who attacked them at a bar because of their sexual orientation. The men also allege a police officer responding to the scene mocked their assault by the women.

The California Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of an alleged white supremacist and convicted triple murderer for killing a fellow inmate. Kenneth Bivert was sentenced to death for stabbing to death a convicted child molester with the encouragement of a fellow white supremacist prisoner, who told him it was his duty “to take care of the scum such as that” and that the white race should take care of its own.

An Albany man and self-proclaimed “sovereign citizen” convicted of fraud faces sentencing today. Richard Ulloa faces up to 30 years in prison for filing false liens against authorities in Rosendale, N.Y., for $552 million and liens against mortgage lenders for $2.8 billion to prevent foreclosure on his home.

Pittsburgh cop killer Richard Poplawski is appealing his conviction, claiming that the court erred in allowing details of his personal beliefs to be brought up in the trial. The appeal also claims the presentation of Poplawski’s use of racial epithets, his visits to a white nationalist website and video footage of slain officers’ memorial services biased the jury.

A Colorado man has been charged with a hate crime after he reportedly dropped his pants on a bus, made derogatory statements to another passenger and assaulted the passenger. The man faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

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