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Organizers of the United Rights rally held responsible for the 2017 Charlottesville violence by a civil jury

Following a civil trial, a federal jury in Virginia ordered organizers of the ill-fated Unite Right rally in Charlottesville to pay 9 plaintiffs more than $ 20 million in compensation and penalties for physical and emotional injuries.

Sines v. Kessler civil action 3: 17-cv-72 was pending in the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

The rally in question took place in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. The event attracted neo-Nazis, but many non-Nazis came to protest the proposal to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert Lee from a nearby park. The plaintiffs argued that the tiki torchlight march at night was intended to intimidate and intimidate the plaintiffs and others.

The rally received national and international attention after then-President Donald Trump was falsely accused of praising neo-Nazis and white supremacists attending the rally.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden repeated the lie in 2019 when he announced he was running for president. Biden also praised the aggressive leftist Antifa who attended the meeting for their “courage to confront” racist hate.

In fact, Trump said earlier after the rally, “I think both sides are to blame,” and that “many parties” are to blame for the Charlottesville violence.

“What about the Alt-Left, who attacked what you say, the Alt-Right, do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump said. “What about the fact that they came to recharge with golf clubs in hand, swing clubs, do they have any problems? I think yes “.

At the time, he added: “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very aggressive. Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now. “

Trump also said there were “very bad people” on both sides in Charlottesville, but that some conservationists and history buffs who protested the removal of Lee’s statue were “fine people.”

Heather Heyer, a counter-protester, died after being hit by neo-Nazi James Alex Fields, who is serving a murder sentence in the lawsuit. Antifa and related groups appeared armed with baseball bats and golf clubs and fought the other members.

After three days of deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on two separate federal conspiracy charges related to whether the organizers conspired to commit racially motivated violence or whether they knew about such things but did not act to prevent it.

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The most famous of the individual defendants were Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler and Christopher Cantwell, as well as other neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Several marginalized factions – the League of the South, the Vanguard of America, the National Socialist Movement, European Identity, and the Traditionalist Workers Party – were also indicted in the case.

Spencer, who was his own lawyer, said the trial was “a weapon against free speech.”

Plaintiffs, who were residents or former residents of Charlottesville, filed lawsuits against activists and organizations, alleging that the organizers and participants in the rally conspired to commit acts of violence and violated their right not to be racially assaulted.

“We are thrilled that the jury ruled in favor of our plaintiffs, finally giving them the justice they deserve after a terrible weekend of violence and intimidation in August 2017,” plaintiffs’ lawyers Robert Kaplan and Karen Dunn told reporters. …

“Today’s verdict is a loud and clear signal that the facts matter, the law matters, and that the laws of … this country will not tolerate the use of violence to deprive racial and religious minorities of the fundamental right that we all share to live free and free. … equal citizens ”.

During the trial, the defendants argued that any violent acts they committed were self-defense, and that the seemingly provocative language they used in Internet forums was exaggerated and protected by the First Amendment.

“The bravery of the plaintiffs and the horrific injuries inflicted on many of them do not prove a conspiracy,” lawyer James Kolenich allegedly said in his closing argument.

“They proved to you that the ALR is the ALR. They are racist. They are anti-Semites. No kidding. You knew that when you walked in here.

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Matthew Wadum is an award-winning investigative journalist and recognized expert on the leftist movement.

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