Defendants Ordered to Turn Over Messages in Aug. 12th-Related Lawsuit
A federal judge is ordering dozens of defendants to turn over electronic devices and messages for review in a civil rights lawsuit stemming from events connected to the Unite the Right rally.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A federal judge is ordering dozens of defendants to turn over electronic devices and messages for review in a civil rights lawsuit stemming from events connected to the Unite the Right rally.
Ten people - Elizabeth Sines, Seth Wispelwey, Marissa Blair, Tyler Magill, April Muniz, Hannah Pearce, Marcus Martin, Natalie Romero, Chelsea Alvarado, and John Doe – are suing a long list of people and groups that took part in controversial events in August 2017.
According to court documents, the defendants in the lawsuit are: Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, Christopher Cantwell, James Alex fields, Jr., Vanguard America, Andrew Anglin, Moonbase Holdings, LLC, Robert “Azzmador” Ray, Nathan Damigo, Elliot Kline (aka Eli Mosley), Identity Evropa, Matthew Heimbach, Matthew Parrott (aka David Matthew Parrott), Traditionalist Worker Party, Michael Hill, Michael Tubbs, League of the South, Jeff Schoep, National Socialist Movement, Nationalist Front, Augustus Sol Invictus, Fraternal Order of the Alt-Knights, Michael “Enoch” Peinovich, Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and East Coast Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (aka East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire).
The plaintiffs, all of whom claim they were injured during the white national events on August 11th and 12th, 2017, are arguing that the defendants conspired to commit violence.
Judge Joel Hoppe is requiring those defendants to make their computers, cell phones, and social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook available for imaging.
“We are very pleased that the court has ordered defendants like Richard Spencer and Eli Mosley to hand over their cell phones and computers for imaging, and to provide the necessary consent to allow Discord to produce the full record of defendants’ communications leading up to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. We look forward to receiving this critical evidence and to moving forward with this case on behalf of our brave plaintiffs.” said Robbie Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and co-lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
“This is a significant decision because it means we will be able to secure valuable evidence from defendants’ own cell phones and other devices to use at our trial next year,” said Karen L. Dunn, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner and co-lead attorney for the plaintiffs
The plaintiffs have agreed to pay for the evidence-gathering process after the defendants called it a costly burden.