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Online Chats Cited in Lawsuit in White Nationalist Violence

White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville
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White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

(AP) A lawsuit that could go trial next year citing online chats to argue that the white-nationalist violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 was part of a far-right conspiracy.

A counterprotester was run down and killed at the rally by a neo-Nazi.

The lawsuit was brought mostly by other counterdemonstrators. It was filed against more than two dozen individuals and entities and seeks unspecified damages.

The plaintiffs are trying to tie online hate speech in the weeks before the rally to the real-world violence that broke out.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.