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Jury Finds “Unite the Right” Organizers Responsible for Deadly Violence

HeadlineNov 24, 2021

A jury in Charlottesville, Virginia, found the organizers of the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally liable for the event’s violence, awarding nine plaintiffs $26 million in damages. Convicted murderer James Fields — who is already serving multiple life sentences for killing activist Heather Heyer when he rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters — was found liable for $12 million in punitive damages. The 12 defendants included three other high-profile white supremacist figures: former leader of the “alt-right” movement Richard Spencer, event organizer Jason Kessler and neo-Nazi podcast host Christopher Cantwell. Defendants have been ordered to pay plaintiffs $500,000 each, and five white nationalist groups were ordered to pay $1 million each. The jury, however, was deadlocked on two federal conspiracy charges.

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