Because you can still kill a fag, AND taunt his corpse in a recorded voice mail, but just serve 8 months.
I'll post the link to the full story from Pam Spaulding, although this story is posted on several sites including www.q-notes.com. I won't post the background here. Follow the story and links at Pam's place.
Just across the state line, this killer was plea bargained down to an outrageous deal only some months ago, but is coming up for a possible parole hearing soon.
Why is this important? Because it shows the continuing need for "hate crimes" laws.