Two Found Guilty of Hate Crimes Related to Death of Immigrant

Two men on trial in a Pennsylvania federal court in connection with the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant have been found guilty on all counts, including hate crimes.  Derrick M. Donchak, 20, and Brandon J. Piekarsky, 18, had previously been acquitted of murder charges in state court and convicted of simple assault.  Donchak and Piekarsky were charged in federal court with hate crimes and depriving Luis Ramirez of his civil rights.  Witnesses that Donchak and Piekarsky said they did not want immigrants in their neighborhood and repeatedly ordered Ramirez to leave.  During the attack Ramirez was kicked in the head repeatedly after falling down.  An all-white jury deliberated on the case for six and a half hours before reaching a verdict. Both men face up to life in prison.  Full Article

Hate crimes, especially ones that are racially charged, are deeply rooted in our nation’s history.  Despite the election of Barack Obama to the highest position in the country, Americans continue to fight an uphill battle against racism.  In recent years, immigrants have become the targeted recipients of such discrimination.  Although most often it does not escalate to brutal attacks, there continues to be an overwhelmingly high number of reports of immigrants being discriminated against in the workplace.  Discriminating against an individual based on race or national origin is unlawful and can be prosecuted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information:

The law firm of Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C., recognizes that in many situations immigrants do not have a voice that can be heard.  Although America was founded by immigrants, and is primarily comprised of immigrants, in recent years our country has failed to properly support and integrate modern day immigrants into the workforce.  The attorneys at Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C., dedicate a large amount of their practice to employment discrimination claims.  For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-800-585-4658. Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C.’s website is located at