Charlottesville, VA

Judge Considers Moving the "Unite the Right" Civil Trial

Alexandra Tsuneta
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A judge announced recently that he is considering moving the trial for the violent "Unite The Right" rally because of potential logistical and safety issues.

The "Unite The Right" rally was responsible for injuring one, innocent counter-protestor, Heather Heyer, and injuring many others. It turned into a deadly riot that put many people in danger and showed the darkest sides of American society.

The Daily Progress reports that U.S. District Judge Norman Moon floated the idea of moving the trial during a telephone hearing in the case Friday.

Wavy reports that "The lawsuit was filed nearly four years ago against white supremacists, neo-Nazis and hate groups accused of organizing and participating in the event. It accuses the defendants of engaging in a violent conspiracy to violate the rights of peaceful counter-demonstrators."

The current trial is expected to be held on October 25.

Moving the location does not damper the trial or make it any less important, it is only to protect the judges and juries, as well as other innocent people from potential outrage and riots. We hope that all of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are held responsible for their deplorable actions but hope that no innocent bystanders are harmed in the process.

In an article by Tayla Cunningham, Heather Heyer's mother reflects on the deadly "Unite The Right" rally; you can read that article here. Heyer's mother believes that her community is now more united than ever and hopes for justice from this trial. We all hope for justice and accountability.

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