July 11 2018

ThinkProgress: Charlottesville white supremacists will face trial, judge rules

Cavalier Daily

(July 11, 2018)—ThinkProgress covered this week's "huge victory" for the victims in Charlottesville: 

In a significant ruling Monday, a U.S. district judge decided that a massive lawsuit against some of America's most prominent white supremacists can proceed.

In his ruling, senior U.S. District Judge Norman Moon found that a lawsuit against over two dozen white supremacists and affiliated groups responsible for violence at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — which saw one white supremacist kill Heather Heyer, a counter-protester — can proceed to discovery, and then to a trial in July 2019.

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All told, given that the lawsuit was the broadest legal action against young American white supremacists to date — one that reached back to Reconstruction-era laws, no less — the ruling is a massive victory for the plaintiffs, and a massive blow to the reeling faces of the so-called “alt-right.” (It also comes just a few days after Spencer was effectively barred from European travel.)

On the specifics of the ruling, ThinkProgress reporter Casey Michel writes: 

The plaintiffs “plausibly alleged the Defendants formed a conspiracy to commit the racial violence that led to the Plaintiffs’ varied injuries,” Moon wrote in his 62-page ruling. “The Court concludes Plaintiffs have, for the most part, adequately alleged that Defendants formed a conspiracy to hurt black and Jewish individuals, and their supporters, because of their race at the August 11th and 12th events.”

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of a number of plaintiffs by Integrity First for America, an organization dedicated to defending and promoting democratic norms and equal rights alike.

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