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The man who punched the Charlottesville rally organiser was fined $1

I wonder how he will ever afford it?

It’s not often that you hear judicial success stories in relation to America’s growing white supremacist movements, but finally we’ve got one.

Jeffrey Winder, a man who stood trial for punching a racist in the face in Charlottesville, was found guilty of misdemeanour assault in February. However, a jury ruled that the punishment for attacking Jason Kessler, who organised the Unite the Right march, will be a fine of only $1.

Kessler had attempted to hold a press conference in Charlottesville, Virginia, just a day after Heather Heyer was murdered by a man who intentionally rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters showing unity after the white nationalist rally. Winder and others showed up to stop Kessler from making a speech, and he ended up punching him in the back of the head.

He faced up to a year in jail or a fine for $2,500 for the assault, which was caught on camera. But the measly fine sends a clear message. The Unite the Right rally and subsequent fallout led to three deaths and more than 38 injuries, yet only 11 arrests. 

“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 U.S outlet WVIR after the news conference. He did not directly comment on the assault or conviction.

“The circumstance of this case is obviously not something that I don't think has ever been seen before: We have a guy (Kessler) who is going out of his way to take, make profit off tragedy, and that's really what this is about,” his attorney said.

Read our report from the time from a protester who had seen the attack and the tensions rise in the area between white supremacists and counter protesters.