September 7, 2018
Whatever your thoughts on Kessler, this news is no bueno.
For the crime of striking “Unite the Right” organizer Jason Kessler, a Charlottesville, Va., jury says Jeffrey Winder must pay a fine of $1 — far short of the maximum possible penalty. Winder had appealed his original guilty finding, which included a 30-day jail sentence.
A judge had found Winder guilty of misdemeanor assault in February. After Winder appealed, a jury affirmed the guilty verdict this week but decided he should serve no jail time — and pay only a minimal fine.
“They clearly thought about it very sincerely,” Winder’s attorney, James Abrenio, said of the jury. He also praised the judge and prosecutor in the case, saying, “They were all kind.”
Winder had faced a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
That’s what this means.
Assaulting someone in front of the (lying) media is not enough to get the book thrown at you.
What does this precedent mean?
Winder told NBC29 (WVIR), “He [Kessler] had an incredible amount of nerve coming in front of the people of Charlottesville after the pain, suffering, and terror that he brought on the community. He should never be allowed to show his face in town again.”
Admission of political terrorism and suppression of speech.
Kessler, who was called as a witness at Winder’s trial, testified that the incident hadn’t injured him physically but had taken an emotional toll.
“I was attacked in front of the whole world, and then people made fun of me for it,” he said, according to The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.
Winder’s attorney, James Abrenio — who noted via Twitter that he has worked on the case pro bono — said in court and after the trial that Kessler had approached the news conference in a way that showed a lack of sensitivity and an intent to “make profit off tragedy.”
The court-eunuch lawyers trip over themselves to defend this stalwart 13th amendment supporter.
It’s possible Winder could file another appeal, taking his case to a higher state court.
“We still have an avenue” to challenge the guilty finding, Abrenio said, adding that in his view, Virginia’s assault and battery laws are not very well-developed. Abrenio said he will discuss a potential appeal with Winder.
Winder is among several people who have been accused of committing assault or other crimes against Kessler around the time of the Charlottesville rally. Of them, Winder had faced the most serious consequences, with other cases having been resolved through either suspended penalties or community service.
So their side had to pay 1$ total. Our side got the book thrown at us. No lawyers for us. Fines. Jail time. Doxing.
When the shoe is on the other foot, we should remember this moment.
Justice is not blind. And until we get our own justices into the system, we are going to keep getting the book thrown at us by the system.
While we wait for a new generation of lawyers to ascend, we should only pick fights if we must under the assumption that the system is hostile to us and that certain shitlib places like Charlottesville particularly so.
It is naive to rely on blind justice at this point.
A lot of people had to suffer for us to learn this lesson, but learn it we have.