Jury says ‘Unite the Right’ rally organizers must pay $25 million

The civil trial over the deadly 2017 white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in a split verdict Tuesday, with jurors failing to reach agreement on a federal conspiracy charge but awarding more than $25 million to the plaintiffs in combined damages.

Coming after a third day of deliberations, the decision by the seven white and four Black jurors showed the jurors agreed that the defendants violated a Virginia state conspiracy law, but not a federal one. The decision rejected defense arguments that the trial represented a referendum on free speech rights.

The jurors imposed $500,000 in punitive damages against several defendants and $1 million against several organizations on the state conspiracy claim. However, they limited compensatory damages to plaintiffs on that claim to no more than $1 each.

Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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