A lawsuit claims that the ‘Unite the Right’ rally-turned-riot in Charlottesville, VA last year was a terrorist conspiracy. Many top white nationalists are listed in this lawsuit, and it could have serious ramifications that are chilling toward freedom of expression if successful.
In order to prove this alleged conspiracy, the lawyers hope that the court will order the release of personally-identifiable information of rally attendees. They would then be doxed and subjected to harassment, losing their jobs, and facing threats from a digital lynch mob. One rally attendee even committed suicide after being profiled by the liberal media for attending ‘Unite the Right’ last year.
“We have to make it clear that this kind of conduct — meticulously planned, racially motivated violence — has no place in our great country,” said Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs. “We are a nation of laws, not of violent mobs, and we are dedicated to the principle that all people — and I mean all people — are created equal.”
By “this kind of conduct,” Kaplan means lawful political organizations by right-wingers. Although ‘Unite the Right’ turned into a disaster, it was initially a lawfully-permitted public rally. An independent report found that the police dropped the ball by refusing to keep the peace at the event. Any lawful rally that is attacked by ANTIFA would effectively be subject to these lawsuits, and it would definitely have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech of right-wingers – which is the intended goal.
“If anonymous users are unnamed co-conspirators in this case, the identities of such people would be considered a relevant detail for discovery in our case,” Kaplan said.
White nationalist podcast host Mike Enoch represented himself in the court of law against Kaplan, and the court dismissed the case against him yesterday. Fellow alt-right podcaster Jazzhands McFeels made the announcement on his Twitter account:
WHITEST PILL ON RECORD: Pro Se Mike Enoch has been completely dismissed from the Charlottesville lawsuit. 😎👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/4fDynNgGhS
— McFeels (@JMcfeels) July 9, 2018
Kaplan argued in the 2013 Supreme Court case of United States v. Windsor to legalize gay marriage, and her rationale was accepted by the highest court. She was hoping to set a new precedent that would eviscerate the 1st Amendment, by allowing lawful protesters to be sued into oblivion. Because of Enoch’s victory, achieving those ends will be much more difficult.
Kaplan had previously taken to social media to publicize crucial facts about the case, which Enoch pointed out was highly irregular.
‘The violence in Charlottesville was not random. ‘ — This prominent attorney is suing to make sure the leaders of the alt-right face justice for Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/n9gKRCjk3b
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 20, 2018
“The facts alleged by plaintiffs in this lawsuit, even if totally true, are not sufficient to establish the elements of a conspiracy,” Enoch said to Newsweek. “All they are really describing are political activists attending a rally.”
Enoch faced off against arguably the top liberal attorney in the United States and beat her. Although he is now removed from the complaint, the lawsuit remains active for other alleged event organizers including Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, Richard Spencer of AltRight.com, Matthew Heimbach of the now-defunct Traditional Workers Party, and others affiliated with the alt-right. A follow-up rally to ‘Unite the Right’ is planned for later in the summer and scheduled to take place in Washington D.C.