Charlottesville Trial Over Unite The Right Had Its Closing Arguments - 2021-11-18
From a podium facing the jury, plaintiffs' attorney Karen Dunn began her closing arguments in the landmark civil trial against neo-Nazis and other white supremacists by referencing defendant Richard Spencer.
"Spencer said you should find for the plaintiffs because we are 'on the side of the angels.' That is not true," Dunn said. "We are asking for you to find for us because if you consider the law and the evidence ... you will find for the plaintiffs."
Then, for an hour and a half, she methodically broke down for the jury the nature of what she alleged was a conspiracy to commit racially motivated violence, including how it was planned and executed on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, ultimately leading to the murder of antiracist activist Heather Heyer and a weekend in Charlottesville that would shake the nation.