St. Louis County: Beating of gay Duluth man not a hate crime

The county attorney's office has filed charges resulting from last month's drinking party at a gravel pit. But officials are not prosecuting the case as a bias crime. They say the victim's account of the incident—and his contention that he was beaten because he is gay—were not truthful.
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The county attorney's office has filed charges resulting from last month's drinking party at a gravel pit. But officials are not prosecuting the case as a bias crime. They say the victim's account of the incident—and his contention that he was beaten because he is gay—were not truthful.

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