Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: November 3, 1999

Statement on the Verdict in the Matthew Shepard Murder Trial,
November 3, 1999

Today’s verdict closes a chapter in the tragic story of the killing of Matthew Shepard. Although the verdict cannot bring Matthew back, perhaps it will bring some sense of closure to Dennis and Judy Shepard, as well as other family and friends of Matthew. The First Lady and I offer our prayers for them and our hope that their memories of Matthew’s life will sustain them in the difficult time ahead.

The verdict is a dramatic statement that we are determined to have a tolerant, law-abiding nation that celebrates our differences rather than despising them. Our Nation must unite in outrage against hate-based violence. We cannot surrender to those on the fringe of our society who lash out at those who are different. Their crimes impose a particular cost on society by tearing at the social fabric. It is my continued hope that together, as a nation, we will work to repair that fabric.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on the Verdict in the Matthew Shepard Murder Trial, November 3, 1999," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 5, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680 2242. Original Sources, accessed August 15, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=512EM5N9LKYDVZ9.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on the Verdict in the Matthew Shepard Murder Trial, November 3, 1999." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 5, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680, page 2242. Original Sources. 15 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=512EM5N9LKYDVZ9.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on the Verdict in the Matthew Shepard Murder Trial, November 3, 1999' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 5, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680, pp.2242. Original Sources, retrieved 15 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=512EM5N9LKYDVZ9.