The News-Times

Jury awards $26M in damages for Unite the Right violence


A jury ordered 17 white nationalis­t leaders and organizati­ons to pay more than $26 million in damages Tuesday over the violence that erupted during the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottes­ville in 2017.

After a nearly monthlong civil trial, the jury in U.S. District Court deadlocked on two key claims but found the white nationalis­ts liable on four other claims in the lawsuit filed by nine people who suffered physical or emotional injuries during the two days of demonstrat­ions.

Attorney Roberta Kaplan said the plaintiffs’ lawyers plan to refile the suit so a new jury can decide the two deadlocked claims. She called the amount of damages awarded from the others counts “eye opening”

“That sends a loud message,” Kaplan said.

The verdict, though mixed, is a rebuke to the white nationalis­t movement, particular­ly for the two dozen individual­s and organizati­ons accused in a federal lawsuit of orchestrat­ing violence against African Americans, Jews and others in a meticulous­ly planned conspiracy.

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