Perhaps someone can help with this, sort of a two part question: To what extent were hate crimes taken seriously in the 1970s (California)? I know the term is new, but say a crime was racially motivated, an attack, what would the charges be? Any idea? And, how important is it to the story to discuss what happens to the criminals? The MC and secondary MC are the victims, but the story is not about the attack on them; it is the turning point of the novel, however. How much does the reader need to know about what happens to the bad guys, court stuff, etc?