Man convicted for sending hateful e-mail
February 11, 1998
Web posted at: 1:11 p.m. EST (1811 GMT)
SANTA ANA, California (CNN) -- For the first time ever a
federal jury has convicted a man for sending hate mail
Richard Machado was convicted Tuesday of sending numerous
hate mail messages to students of Asian descent at the
University of California at Irvine. This was the second trial
for Machado. His first trial ended in a deadlock last
Machado, who dropped out of U.C.-Irvine, testified during the
six-day trial that he resented Asian-Americans' academic
success. In his e-mails, he said he would "find," "hunt down"
and "kill" the Asian-American students.
Although Machado testified in court that his threats had been
a joke, U.S. attorney Nora A. Manella responded by saying
that "a death threat is no joke, and a racially motivated
death threat is a federal offense."
Machado, a naturalized citizen from El Salvador, will be
sentenced on Friday. He faces a maximum sentence of one year
in prison and a $100,000 fine.
His case has raised questions about the limits of free speech