Rally Organizer Kessler Sues City Of Charlottesville
Before one woman died and 35 were injured in a car attack by a neo-Nazi, the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville two summers ago was called off by police. Now, that action is the centerpiece of a lawsuit by the rally's lead organizer. Hawes Spencer has this report on the suit's free speech claims.
Hawes Spencer: By holding a rally for white nationalists, many spewing racist taunts, Jason Kessler may not be popular, but that bolsters his case, says legal analyst Scott Goodman:
Scott Goodman: It is very easy to protect popular speech. Anyone can do that. What's unique about America is that even unpopular speech has the right to go forward.
Spencer: Goodman says that Kessler's suit raises important questions under the First Amendment.
Goodman: It is something that many people in Charlottesville apparently still don't understand, and that is that you don't have the right to shut down somebody else's speech.
Spencer: Goodman says the claim may be complicated by the fact that several of Kessler's fellow ralliers engaged in acts of violence.
In Charlottesville, Hawes Spencer for VPM News.