Saturday, May 17, 2003

SC lynching law mainly used against black defendants

This article on the history and current use of the anti-lynching statute in South Carolina notes that Virginia is one of the few other states with similar laws.

Under Virginia law, "Any act of violence by a mob upon the body of any person, which shall result in the death of such person, shall constitute a 'lynching.'" Va. Code § 18.2-39. Under Va. Code § 18.2-40, "Any and every person composing a mob and any and every accessory thereto, by which any person is lynched, shall be guilty of murder."

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