Idaho Hate Crime Trial Begins
A three day trial begins today for a North Idaho man who is being prosecuted by the state for committing hate crimes. Richard Sovenski says that he is not guilty of harassing a church group at a McDonald's in Coeur d' Alene on July 12.
The showdown went viral as several bystanders shared the video of the confrontation between the 52 year old and the Spokane area church group. The Coeur d' Alene Press reports that Malicious harassment is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Several sources alleged the confrontation began when the members of the church group were causing a disruption within the McDonald's. The church group denied the allegation and said the Sovenski and his said called them profanities that are not fit for publication.
The trial is expected to last three days. Several outlets from all over the state and country are covering this story.