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Idaho Appeals Court Upholds Hate Crime Conviction

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Court of Appeals has upheld the hate crime conviction of a northern Idaho man who prosecutors say racially harassed a resident of Puerto Rican descent outside the victim's Coeur d'Alene home.
    
Frank Tankovich and his brother William Tankovich were both sentenced to probation and community service for malicious harassment and conspiracy after the 2009 incident. Another brother, Ira Tankovich, was convicted of conspiracy to disturb the peace and possession of a gun by a felon and sentenced to 9 years in prison.
    
On Thursday the unanimous appellate court upheld Frank Tankovich's conviction, rejecting Tankovich's claim that his brothers' swastika tattoos shouldn't have been brought up at his own trial. The court found there was ample evidence to support his conviction.

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