Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Getting Closer To Nailing Him

From the Washington Post:

CHARLOTTESVILLE — More than a dozen of the nation’s most prominent white supremacists and hate groups conspired to intimidate, harass or commit acts of violence during 2017′s deadly Unite the Right rally, according to a jury that also decided the men and their racist organizations should pay $26 million in damages.

The 11 jurors couldn’t come to an agreement on two federal conspiracy claims, but they found that every defendant — including former alt-right leader Richard Spencer, rally organizer Jason Kessler and Christopher Cantwell, dubbed the “crying Nazi” after sharing a video of himself weeping — was liable under Virginia law.

I don’t expect them to pay up immediately, but at least they now know that their hatred comes with a price, and it also provides a warning to the insurrectionists of January 6.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob issued subpoenas Tuesday to the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and other groups as it investigates the causes of the insurrection.

Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, Oath Keeper founder and leader Stewart Rhodes, and 1st Amendment Praetorian co-founder Robert Patrick Lewis are the targets of the inquiry’s latest tranche of subpoenas. The committee is seeking depositions and documents from the three, along with requests for documents and records from the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.

“We believe the individuals and organizations we subpoenaed today have relevant information about how violence erupted at the Capitol and the preparation leading up to this violent attack,” Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee’s chairman, said in a statement.

So far, none of these actions — either the trial or the subpoenas — have named Trump as a respondent.  A lot of people wonder when that will happen.  It may take a while.  Then again, there are several jurisdictions that are looking into his action: the Southern District of New York is combing through his financials, and the state of Georgia, for what it’s worth, is looking into claims of attempted interference in the election of 2020.

Given the nature of the accusations and the way the justice system is skewed to give the accused the benefit of the doubt, these cases take time to build, and they must be done carefully; the Rittenhouse case shows how clumsy prosecution can fumble.  And nothing can be taken for granted.

It takes a certain amount of hopefulness, but there’s no alternative to making sure that the will of justice be done.

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