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Marin immigration lawyer convicted of hate crime against man speaking Farsi

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Frank Russell Wilson, a San Rafael-based immigration lawyer, doesn't deny yelling at a man outside a Corte Madera restaurant because he was speaking Farsi, not English.

He doesn't deny using profanities with the police who arrested him.

Nor does he deny he was heavily inebriated at the time. Indeed, he said tequila was largely to blame for his behavior.

What he did deny, in his testimony at trial, is that any of his actions were motivated by bias or bigotry. A Marin County jury apparently disagreed Thursday, convicting Wilson of a hate crime and battery.

"They way overcharged this case," said Wilson's defense attorney, Tim Pori.

Read the whole story at Inside Bay Area

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