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Statue Behind Charlottesville Unrest Is Back in the News

Robert E. Lee monument is defaced soon after judge rules it must stay

(Newser) - The statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the heart of the deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Va. , is once again in the news. NBC29 reports that somebody vandalized the base of the statue, which sits in a local park, by spray-painting "1619" on it. The reference is to... More »

Heather Heyer's Family Seeks New Way to 'Extinguish Hatred'

Susan Bro, husband, son want $12M from killer in wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - The mother of the woman fatally struck by a car at a 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., hopes to "extinguish hatred" with a $12 million lawsuit against her daughter's killer. White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. is the sole defendant in the wrongful-death suit filed Aug. 30... More »

White Nationalist Who Killed Heather Heyer Sentenced

James Alex Fields gets life plus 419 years on state charges

(Newser) - A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on state charges, the AP reports. James Alex Fields Jr. , 22, was sentenced Monday to life plus... More »

Charlottesville Killer Asked for Mercy, Gets 29 Life Terms

James Alex Fields Jr. is sentenced without the possibility of parole

(Newser) - He pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, then pleaded for mercy in the hope of avoiding a life sentence. But James Alex Fields Jr. did not get any mercy Friday from a federal judge in a Charlottesville courtroom. The 22-year-old white supremacist will spend the rest of his life... More »

James Fields Seeks 'Mercy'

Man convicted in attack that killed Heather Heyer will be sentenced on Friday

(Newser) - The man convicted of plowing his car into a group of counter-protesters during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville would like to not spend the rest of his life in prison, reports the AP . Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr. filed memos with the court in Virginia, ahead of... More »

White Supremacists Issue Their Plea

California residents are in court over the Charlottesville rally

(Newser) - Two members of a white supremacist group pleaded guilty Friday to federal rioting charges in connection with a white nationalist rally in Virginia and political rallies in California, the AP reports. Benjamin Drake Daley, 26, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Michael Paul Miselis, 30, of Lawndale, Calif., each pleaded guilty... More »

Trump Defends His Charlottesville Comments

He says 'fine people' referred to admirers of Robert E. Lee, not white supremacists

(Newser) - When Joe Biden launched his candidacy Thursday, he called out President Trump in particular for Trump's words after the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, of 2017. In the aftermath, Trump had said there were "very fine people on both sides." Asked again about those comments Friday, Trump... More »

Charlottesville Driver Enters Surprising Plea

James Alex Fields Jr. admits it was a hate crime

(Newser) - A man convicted on state murder charges in a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal hate crime charges in a case that stirred racial tensions across the country, the AP reports. Under a plea agreement, James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee,... More »

Charlottesville Shuts Down Schools After Racist Threat

Teen is arrested after online post about plans for a high school shooting

(Newser) - Charlottesville, Virginia, site of the 2017 white nationalist rally that left a counter-protester dead , is now dealing with another high-profile racial issue. The city school district closed all schools Thursday and Friday after an online threat emerged against black and Latino students, reports the Daily Progress . After a post on... More »

Neo-Nazi Group's New Leader Is Black Activist

James Stern has vowed to dismantle NSM

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black civil rights activist who has vowed to dismantle it. Court documents filed Thursday suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to... More »

Jury: Life, Plus 419 Years for Charlottesville Driver

James Alex Fields Jr. will be sentenced in March

(Newser) - James Alex Fields Jr.'s sentence in the death of Heather Heyer will officially be handed down March 29, but a Charlottesville jury made its recommendation known Tuesday: life in prison, and then some. The Daily Progress reports the jury recommended life in connection with Heyer's first-degree murder,... More »

'Crying Nazi' Vows Revenge on Charlottesville

Christopher Cantwell says Fields verdict 'will drive us toward your complete and total destruction'

(Newser) - The white nationalist known as the Crying Nazi had some tough talk in the wake of Friday's conviction of James Fields Jr. in Charlottesville, though the Washington Post notes that "his vow was at least somewhat blunted by his dramatic fall and humiliating nickname." Cantwell took to... More »

Charlottesville Suspect's Meme Gets Reporter Blocked From Facebook

Hawes Spencer posted it alongside eerily similar image of car actually plowing into protesters

(Newser) - Facebook temporarily blocked a reporter for posting the same meme James Alex Fields Jr. posted three months before allegedly driving into counterprotesters at the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The meme, which shows a car driving into a group of people and is overlaid with the words... More »

Charlottesville Suspect's Legal Team Hints at Self-Defense

Jury selection underway in trial of James Fields

(Newser) - It looks like the man accused of deliberately ramming his car into a crowd of people in Charlottesville will try to sway jurors with a self-defense strategy. Lawyers for James Fields suggested as much Monday as jury selection got underway in the closely watched murder trial in Virginia, reports C-ville ... More »

'Something I Can Do for Heather': A Huge Trial Starts

James Alex Fields accused of driving his car into Charlottesville counterprotesters

(Newser) - Small town, big trial: Jury selection got underway Monday in the trial of a man accused of deliberately ramming his car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year. James Alex Fields , 21, faces charges including first-degree murder for the incident on Aug.... More »

Fellow Inmate Attacks Charlottesville Suspect

Cops: Friend of murder victim Heather Heyer assaults James Alex Fields Jr.

(Newser) - The man Charlottesville police have charged with plowing his car into a group of counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally in August 2017 has been assaulted behind bars, reports the AP . James Alex Fields Jr., who has pleaded not guilty in the death of Heather Heyer, was being attended by... More »

UVA to Richard Spencer: Stay Away Till 2022

White nationalist, 9 others banned from campus for 4 years

(Newser) - If Richard Spencer wants to try to stir up any trouble in Charlottesville , he's going to have to do it anywhere other than the University of Virginia, at least for the next four years. That's because, per the Washington Post , the UVA grad and noted white nationalist has... More »

Alleged 'Serial Rioters' Arrested in Connection With 'Unite the Right' Rally

4 men accused of traveling to Charlottesville, Virginia, to incite a riot, attack counterprotesters

(Newser) - Four members of a militant white supremacist group from California have been arrested on charges they traveled to Virginia last year to incite a riot and attack counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally that turned deadly, federal authorities said Tuesday. The defendants—Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Miselis, Thomas Walter... More »

Obama Goes After Trump: 6 Big Lines

How hard it is to say that Nazis are bad, wonders the former president

(Newser) - Barack Obama has largely refrained from criticizing his successor, but that changed Friday in a speech at the University of Illinois. Some of the big lines from the speech, which is expected to be a theme of Obama's on the campaign trail before the midterms, as cited in the... More »

Cops Say Officer Was Assaulted During Charlottesville March

Hundreds of anti-racists marched in Va. city

(Newser) - Virginia authorities say they are investigating an assault of a Charlottesville police officer who was knocked down during a anti-racist demonstration related to a deadly 2017 far-right rally, the AP reports. Hundreds of people marched in Charlottesville on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the far-right "Unite the Right"... More »

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