‘Unite the Right’ rally organizers liable for damages

More than four years after the deadly ‘Unite the Right’ white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - a federal jury on Tuesday found the organizers liable for injuries sustained by counter-protesters.

Approximately $26 million in damages was awarded to the nine plantiffs who said they suffered physical or emotional trauma at the rally.

Four of the plaintiffs were injured when self-described neo-Nazi James Fields drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

Fields is now serving a life sentence for the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

After a four-week trial, the jury on Tuesday ruled in favor of the victims on four of six counts but – according to court filings - was unable to come to a unanimous verdict on the other two.

The rally followed months of protests over the city's plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Hundreds of white nationalists traveled to Charlottesville in August 2017, with some marching on the University of Virginia campus carrying torches and chanting "Jews will not replace us!"

The two dozen defendants included Jason Kessler, the main organizer and Richard Spencer, who originated the term "alt-right” referring to a loose alignment of fringe groups centered on white nationalism and emboldened by Donald Trump’s 2016 election win.

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Then-President Trump was criticized broadly for initially saying, of the rally and the clashes, that there were “fine people on both sides.”

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