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Zgram - Where Truth is Destiny:  Now more than ever!

December 16, 2004

Good Morning from the Zundelsite:

Now here is one Zgram I love to pass on!  It proves once more, if 
proof were needed, that many if not all so-called "hate crimes" are 
committed by those who are quite willing and adept at manufacturing 
some "hate" and "anti-semitism" where they surmise that none exist. 

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http://www.nbc4.tv/education/3998600/detail.html

Former Prof Gets Prison
For Faking Anti-Semitic
Hate Crime
NBC4 - LA
12-16-4

LOS ANGELES -- A former Claremont McKenna College visiting professor, 
who spray-painted her car with racist and anti-Semitic slurs and then 
reported a hate crime on campus, was sentenced today to a year in 
state prison.

Pomona Superior Court Judge Charles Horan said Kerri Dunn 
"terrorized" minority students at the college and turned the rest of 
the students into suspects, adding that her actions could have 
sparked major racial violence.

He likened her actions to calling in a fake bomb threat, saying it 
had the effect of terrorizing people.

Along with the state prison term, he ordered Dunn to pay restitution 
of nearly $20,000 to Claremont College to cover the cost of beefing 
up security and canceled classes, and an undetermined amount of 
restitution to the police department for filing a false report.

"From what I saw in the press, I think the judge accurately 
characterized the way things occurred on campus," Deputy District 
Attorney Martin Bean said outside the courtroom.

The prosecutor added that it was "an appropriate sentence based on 
the crimes she committed."

Defense attorney Gary Lincenberg was asked to comment on the judge's 
characterization of his client's actions.

"The court made a point, in the court's view, it's had a large 
disruptive effect on campus and had a significant effect," he said. 
"I don't think he was trying to call her a terrorist."

Dunn's parents traveled from New Jersey to attend the hearing. The 
40-year-old defendant's father asked the judge to let him bring his 
daughter home and get her mental help.

The judge agreed that the defendant has psychological problems that 
need to be addressed. But the judge noted that Dunn, who underwent a 
90-day psychological evaluation before sentencing and had faced a 
maximum of three years in prison, never admitted to the crime.

It was reported that the assistant prison warden had recommended to 
the judge that she serve more time behind bars because she refused to 
accept responsibility for her actions.

She received credit for 134 days in custody, leaving her with 231 
more days still to serve.

In a written statement after her Aug. 18 conviction, Dunn's attorney 
said his client maintained her innocence and planned to appeal.

She reported to police and school officials that her car had been 
spray- painted with racial slurs and the tires slashed March 9 while 
she was on campus preparing a lecture for an anti-hate forum. She 
also reported the vandalism to her insurer, according to the 
prosecutor.

Dunn's report of a hate crime prompted school officials to cancel 
classes at the five undergraduate Claremont campuses on March 10, and 
sparked anti- hate crime rallies that drew hundreds of students and 
captured national headlines.

Dunn claimed to have found her car vandalized about 8 that Tuesday 
night. But two prosecution witnesses testified that they saw Dunn 
drive her gold- colored Honda Civic into the college parking lot 
about 8 p.m. with the graffiti already on it.

"They saw her get out of her car, bend down next to two of the tires 
and they heard a hissing noise as she bent down to each tire," Bean 
said.

Dunn called her auto insurer the next morning to report the damage 
and property supposedly taken from her car, the prosecutor said.

Dunn's attorney had argued that no insurance claim was ever made.

"The jurors convicted because the court did not allow them to hear 
this important and uncontradicted testimony," Lincenberg said after 
his client's conviction.

As for the false police report charge, the defense lawyer claimed 
earlier that a Claremont College electrician "clearly identified a 
man who should have been the primary suspect in the vandalism."

Dunn was charged April 26 with two felony counts of insurance fraud 
and the misdemeanor count of a false police report. Jurors convicted 
her on lesser charges of attempted insurance fraud, along with the 
misdemeanor count.

Court records show that Dunn was arrested three times in 1999 and 2000.

She paid $75 in fines after being arrested in Nebraska in September 
1999 and charged with driving without a license and having fictitious 
plates on her car.

A case stemming from a Dec. 31, 1999, arrest for shoplifting was 
dismissed after Dunn paid court costs. She was arrested again in a 
shoplifting case on Sept. 29, 2000, according to the Los Angeles 
Times.

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