70 / 56
      68 / 44
      55 / 43

      Court rejects appeal in swastika branding case

      A Navajo mentally disabled man's forearm where three men branded it with a swastika.

      WASHINGTON (AP) â?? The Supreme Court has refused to review the hate crime conviction of a New Mexico man who participated in branding a swastika on the arm of a Navajo man with mental disabilities.

      The court acted Monday in the case of William Hatch, among the first people charged under a 2009 law targeting hate crimes involving disabilities or sexual orientation. Hatch and two other men lured Vincent Kee from a McDonald's in Farmington, N.M., to an apartment where they used a metal coat hanger to burn the swastika onto Kee's arm.

      Hatch pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a federal hate crime.

      The case is Hatch v. U.S., 13-6765.

      Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.