Updates on Lawsuits Involving Unite the Right Rally Organizer Jason Kessler
Online conversations are now among the evidence allowed to be collected in a federal lawsuit stemming from the 2017 white supremacist events in Charlottesville.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Social media websites and other online conversations are now among the evidence allowed to be collected in a federal lawsuit stemming from the 2017 white supremacist events in Charlottesville and on University of Virginia Grounds.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, February 19, a judge upheld a magistrate's ruling that allows subpoenas to continue for online entities, like GoDaddy.com and crowdfunding site Hatreon.
People injured in the 2017 events filed the suit against rally organizers Jason Eric Kessler, Richard Spencer, and others. They are seeking damages at trial, which is set for July.
Meanwhile, people in positions of power during the violent Unite the Right rally filed motions Tuesday to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by Kessler and right-wing groups. Former-Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, Virginia State Police Lieutenant Becky Crannis-Curl and Charlottesville all asked a judge to toss out the case.
Kessler, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Worker Party claim the officers and city failed to protect then from violence and let them express their views. However, these motions argue the First Amendment does not protect violence, and officers treated all people there that day the same.