Jury awards $25 million in Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally civil case

Source: CBS News

“A federal jury has returned a partial verdict in a civil case about whether the white nationalist organizers of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville four years ago conspired to commit racially motivated violence that left one person dead and scores injured. Judge Norman Moon announced Tuesday that the jury considers that it had arrived at a verdict in the case. It was not able to reach a decision on whether the defendants had, under an obscure federal statute, conspired to commit racially motivated violence. It did conclude that all of the defendants had committed conspiracy under Virginia laws and awarded plaintiffs a total of about $25 million in punitive and compensatory damages. … Among the defendants were Charlottesville resident and lead organizer Jason Kessler, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer and neo-Nazi podcast personality Christopher Cantwell, who both represented themselves in court.” (11/23/21)