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Recovering $25M From Neo-Nazis Could Be a Problem

Those not in jail or in hiding say they're broke

(Newser) - A jury awarded more than $25 million this week to people who sued white nationalists over 2017's deadly Unite the Right rally in Virginia—but it's not clear how much of it plaintiffs' lawyers will be able to recover. Three of the five far-right groups named as defendants...

White Supremacists Must Pay Millions Over Charlottesville

Jury delivers a mixed verdict against white supremacists

(Newser) - It's a mixed verdict, but one that requires white supremacists to pay millions of dollars to people injured in the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. The AP reports that a federal jury on Tuesday awarded more than $25 million to nine people who sued...

Key to White Supremacists' Lingo: the Guise of Humor
Key to White Supremacists'
Lingo: the Guise of Humor
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Key to White Supremacists' Lingo: the Guise of Humor

Charlottesville trial includes testimony about the strategy

(Newser) - The Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery trials aren't the only cases involving volatile race issues winding down at the moment. Jurors in Charlottesville, Virginia, begin deliberations Friday in a civil trial over the deadly violence that broke out at the Unite the Right rally in 2017, reports CNN . Details:...

White Supremacists' Trial Over Violent Rally to Invoke KKK Act

Federal lawsuit argues organizers planned the chaos

(Newser) - Jury selection began in a federal lawsuit against white supremacists Monday, and the trial's central issue will be whether the violence that left dozens of people injured and one person dead at a 2017 rally was spontaneous or had been planned for months. The case will be heard in...

Virginia School Drops 238 Students Over Vax Status

University of Virginia has an A average for vaccinations so far, though

(Newser) - The University of Virginia has disenrolled students who haven’t proved they’ve gotten vaccinated and haven’t responded to repeated messages reminding them to get the shot. There were 238 students on the roll for fall, but only 49 had actually registered for classes, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Some of...

As the Statue Came Down in Charlottesville, Cheers

Monument to Robert E. Lee is removed from pedestal in Va. park

(Newser) - A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been hoisted off its stone pedestal. Work to remove the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee began early Saturday morning. Crews were also expected to take down a second Confederate monument for Lt. Gen. Thomas...

Statue That Sparked Violence in Charlottesville Coming Down

City removing tributes to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson

(Newser) - A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be taken down this weekend. The city said in a news release that the equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as well as a nearby one of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson...

Court: Charlottesville's Confederate Statues Can Come Down

Lee statue was focus of deadly 2017 protest

(Newser) - After years of protests, counter-protests, and legal battles, statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in Charlottesville might be coming down very soon. Virginia's top court ruled Thursday that a law against the removal of war monuments does not apply to the statues, the Daily Progress reports. The...

Charlottesville Mayor Likens Her City to Rapist

Nikuyah Walker posted graphic poem on social media

(Newser) - Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker was apparently not in the mood for any civic boosterism Wednesday. Walker posted a poem on social media likening the Virginia city she leads to a rapist, CBS19 reports. The "beautiful-ugly" city "rapes you, comforts you in its **** stained sheets and tells you...

Scarred City Removes Statue That Signaled 'No Justice Here'

'At Ready' had stood outside courthouse in Charlottesville since 1909

(Newser) - A Virginia statue that stood as a Confederate sentinel for 111 years outside a Charlottesville courthouse is gone. Crews removed the statue known as Johnny Reb—which included a rifle, two cannons, and cannonballs—to cheers from a crowd that had assembled before dawn, WVIR reports. "Today we disarm...

'Crying Nazi' Accused of Sending Threatening Text

White nationalist Christopher Cantwell is being held without bond in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Christopher Cantwell made a name for himself by popping up in a Vice documentary shot at Charlottesville's violent 2017 Unite the Right rally, followed by getting blocked on Facebook, Instagram, and PayPal. Then things got worse for the white nationalist when he posted a tearful YouTube video in which...

Inspiration for Unite the Right Rally Charged With Kidnapping

Augustus Invictus also charged with domestic violence in SC

(Newser) - A white nationalist who inspired the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping. Augustus Invictus, 36, was arrested Monday at a mall in Florida, where Brevard County Sheriff's deputies had been surveilling him since Christmas Day, per CBS News . They'd initially...

Statue Behind Charlottesville Unrest Is Back in the News

Robert E. Lee monument is defaced soon after judge rules it must stay

(Newser) - The statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the heart of the deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Va. , is once again in the news. NBC29 reports that somebody vandalized the base of the statue, which sits in a local park, by spray-painting "1619" on it. The reference is to...

Heather Heyer's Family Seeks New Way to 'Extinguish Hatred'

Susan Bro, husband, son want $12M from killer in wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - The mother of the woman fatally struck by a car at a 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., hopes to "extinguish hatred" with a $12 million lawsuit against her daughter's killer. White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. is the sole defendant in the wrongful-death suit filed Aug. 30...

White Nationalist Who Killed Heather Heyer Sentenced

James Alex Fields gets life plus 419 years on state charges

(Newser) - A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on state charges, the AP reports. James Alex Fields Jr. , 22, was sentenced Monday to life plus...

Charlottesville Killer Asked for Mercy, Gets 29 Life Terms

James Alex Fields Jr. is sentenced without the possibility of parole

(Newser) - He pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, then pleaded for mercy in the hope of avoiding a life sentence. But James Alex Fields Jr. did not get any mercy Friday from a federal judge in a Charlottesville courtroom. The 22-year-old white supremacist will spend the rest of his life...

Charlottesville Driver Wants 'Mercy'
James Fields Seeks 'Mercy' 

James Fields Seeks 'Mercy'

Man convicted in attack that killed Heather Heyer will be sentenced on Friday

(Newser) - The man convicted of plowing his car into a group of counter-protesters during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville would like to not spend the rest of his life in prison, reports the AP . Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr. filed memos with the court in Virginia, ahead of...

White Supremacists Issue Their Plea

California residents are in court over the Charlottesville rally

(Newser) - Two members of a white supremacist group pleaded guilty Friday to federal rioting charges in connection with a white nationalist rally in Virginia and political rallies in California, the AP reports. Benjamin Drake Daley, 26, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Michael Paul Miselis, 30, of Lawndale, Calif., each pleaded guilty...

Trump Defends His Charlottesville Comments

He says 'fine people' referred to admirers of Robert E. Lee, not white supremacists

(Newser) - When Joe Biden launched his candidacy Thursday, he called out President Trump in particular for Trump's words after the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, of 2017. In the aftermath, Trump had said there were "very fine people on both sides." Asked again about those comments Friday, Trump...

Charlottesville Driver Enters Surprising Plea

James Alex Fields Jr. admits it was a hate crime

(Newser) - A man convicted on state murder charges in a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal hate crime charges in a case that stirred racial tensions across the country, the AP reports. Under a plea agreement, James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee,...

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