How Different Lawsuits Pinned Down The Far Right Following Charlottesville

Many far right leaders are finding themselves being attacked as the slew of lawsuits are being file because of Heather Heyer’s death and other conspiracies. Miss Heyer would have been celebrating her 33rd birthday this week. Instead, she was hit by a car during a summer protest last year. She was in Virginia protesting against the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. This year, just last week, many lawyers were seeking to get a federal court judge who organizes these types of rallies where she was killed to be held accountable.

This case could end up leaving prominent and popular white nationalists like Richard Spencer in ruins. However, this case would also be an example of a much broader legal offense being aimed at the “alt-right” movement. Just nine months since the summer death of Heather prompted this, there is a sign that things are changing. Hate groups are running out of cash and are finding themselves quickly being banished from certain social media groups. Many of these groups are also beginning to turn against each other as well.

There is a legal strategy at play in all of this, says David Denielli. He is the deputy legal director for the SPCL or Southern Poverty and Law Center. He feels this strategy is going to send these hate groups into a full disarray and have them struggling to place the blame against each other. All in all, these legal theories are being started as tools to try and make people accountable for their actions.

When Donald Trump was elected in November of 2016, many people viewed that as the ultimate catalyst for the white nationalism empowerment movement. Just days following him being elected, Spencer was blocks away from the White House yelling “Hail Trump!” and was seen leading many supporters with salutes similar to the Nazis.

The far right has found themselves in many legal battles before and have threatened to file bankruptcy. A benchmark case showing this was back in 2000 when more than $6 million was awarded during a case to a woman named Victoria Keenan and her young son. They were attacked outside of Idaho headquarters by guards of a group of white supremacists for the Aryan Nations. This legal case forced the leader, Richard Butler, to have to turn over his 20-acre compound to the woman and her son. They used it to sell to a philanthropist who later donated it.

 

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