Wyoming shelves hate crime law decades after Shepard’s death

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Arkansas, S. Carolina only other states without hate crimes law

Oct. 26, 2018 file photo mourners hold programs with the image of Matthew Shepard during a “Thanksgiving and Remembrance of Matthew Shepard” service at Washington National Cathedral in Washington. Wyoming lawmakers have again decided not to adopt a hate crimes law in the state where gay college student Matthew Shepard was killed more than 20 years ago. Wyoming is one of just three states that haven’t enacted hate crimes legislation since Shepard was beaten and left for dead in Laramie in 1998. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have again decided not to adopt a hate crimes law in the state where gay college student Matthew Shepard was killed more than 20 years ago.

Wyoming is one of just three states — Arkansas, South Carolina are the other two — that haven’t enacted hate crimes legislation since Shepard was beaten and left for dead in Laramie in 1998.

The killing of the University of Wyoming student inspired such laws in other states and at the federal level. A bill tabled Thursday by the Wyoming House Judiciary Committee would have allowed prosecutors to consider a criminal’s biases when seeking punishment for crimes.

May 15, 2020 file photo few legislators sit in a nearly empty House chamber during a special legislative session inside the state Capitol in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo., during the coronavirus pandemic. Wyoming lawmakers have again decided not to adopt a hate crimes law in the state where gay college student Matthew Shepard was killed more than 20 years ago. Wyoming is one of just three states that haven’t enacted hate crimes legislation since Shepard was beaten and left for dead in Laramie in 1998. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP, File)

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that most public testimonies supported the measure.

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