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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday that

White nationalist Richard Spencer and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police after the Unite the Right rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — White supremacists Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler and Christopher Cantwell and others engaged in a conspiracy under Virginia law in advance of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, a federal jury ruled Tuesday.

After a nearly monthlong civil trial, a jury in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville deadlocked on two key claims but found the white nationalists liable on several other counts Tuesday. The civil verdict carries sizable financial penalties.

The jury deadlocked on a civil lawsuit’s claim that the defendants conspired to commit racially motivated violence. The jury also could not reach a verdict on the claim pertaining to whether the defendants had knowledge of a conspiracy for racially motivated violence and failed to prevent it.

The jury awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against all 12 individual defendants, and $1 million against five white nationalist organizations on the conspiracy count, according to the Washington Post.

Attorney Roberta Kaplan said the plaintiffs’ lawyers plan to refile the lawsuit so a new jury can decide the two claims this jury could not reach a verdict on, according to The Associated Press. On the punitive damages, though, she said the amount awarded by this jury “sends a loud message.”

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday that “no dollar amount can ever bring back those we lost or repair a community that is still mourning, but my hope is that today’s verdict brings some sense of justice to the families and loved ones who were affected by the hate these individuals brought to Charlottesville.”

The lawsuit, Sines v. Kessler, was filed in the U.S. District for the Western District of Virginia in October 2017 by a group of Charlottesville-area residents against organizers and key participants of the rally.


The white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups used the city of Charlottesville’s efforts to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to organize white nationalists across the country for the rally. In July, almost four years after the deadly rally, Charlottesville finally removed the Lee statue.–176227595/–176227595/–176227595/–176227595/–176226074/–176226083/–176226220/–176226226/–176226243/–176226270/–176226286/–176226294/–176226309/–176226357/–176226074/–176226083/–176226220/–176226226/–176226243/–176226270/–176226286/–176226294/–176226309/–176226357/–176226074/–176226083/–176226220/–176226226/–176226243/–176226270/–176226286/–176226294/–176226309/–176226357/–176226074/–176226083/–176226220/–176226226/–176226243/–176226270/–176226286/–176226294/–176226309/–176226357/

Hundreds of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017. During a march on the University of Virginia campus, white nationalists chanted “Jews will not replace us,” surrounded counterprotesters and threw tiki torches at them.

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