Charlottesville, VA – A jury fined a man only one dollar for punching the organizer of a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville.
Jason Kessler was one of the organizers of the controversial “Unite the Right” rally in August of 2017 where a Heather Heyer was fatally run down by an alleged white supremacist.
Unlike many "patriot" rallies that are falsely labeled as racist, the attendees of the Unite the Right rally were actually predominately self-professed racists and included numerous white supremacist groups.
Kessler was attacked the day after the really when he attempted to give remarks about what happened at the permitted location.
Videos showed Kessler speaking to a crowd who was chanting over him so that he could not be heard.
Protesters began surrounding Kessler, and then the mob turned violent, and eventually chased him away from his own event.
Kessler has maintained that while he was not physically injured during the attack, he suffered emotional trauma from the frightening incident.
Initially, Winder denied he had been the one to throw a punch that struck Kessler in the head and shoulders.
"He [Kessler] had an incredible amount of nerve coming in front of the people of Charlottesville after the pain, suffering, and terror that he brought on the community. He should never be allowed to show his face in town again,” Winder told WVIR.
He was convicted of misdemeanor assault on Kessler, and given a 30-day suspended sentence, The Daily Progress reported.
But Winder appealed the slap on the wrist. And while the jury upheld his conviction, they fined him only a single dollar as a penalty.
“It appears that a jury of his peers agrees—and may have just settled a long-standing debate over the morality of punching white supremacists,” Rolling Stone opined in the wake of the news.
Kessler told The Daily Progress that he planned to sue the city and the Charlottesville Police Department for $117 million for “failing to protect him” at the press conference, despite the fact he hadn't properly notified them of when and where he would be speaking.
“I told them when the conference was, and they should have been there,” Kessler said. “When I go anywhere, I always show up 15 minutes early.”