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The media blew up the case where a 12 yr old black boy claimed to be the victim of a racist attack a... 1993-05-04 Santa Clara CA
2nd boy: beating was a hoax, witnesses contradict black boy's claim
San Jose Mercury
The media blew up the case where Jake Thomson, a 12 yr old black boy, claimed to be the victim of a racist attack at school. Boys aged 10 to 13 were put on trial for felony hate crimes. If convicted, they would could have got eight years each. However, the case fell apart, and eventually Jake Thomson admitted the hoax.