Jury finds Unite the Right defendants liable for millions in damages

Richard Spencer at the Unite the Right rally.
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A jury ruled on Tuesday that several white nationalist leaders who organized and attended the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, including Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler, and Christopher Cantwell, are liable for civil conspiracy under state law, and must pay more than $26 million in damages.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on two federal conspiracy claims. The Unite the Right rally was held in response to Charlottesville's plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, with hundreds of white nationalists descending on the city, carrying tiki torches and shouting "Jews will not replace us!"

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