Charlottesville lawsuit designed to 'financially cripple' white supremacist leaders: CNN reporter
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On CNN Wednesday, Brian Todd reported on the civil suit proceeding against the leaders behind the infamous "Unite the Right" Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 — and one of the key purposes behind it.

"The plaintiffs say one of their goals is to bankrupt white supremacist organizations and members even before this trial began," said reporter Brian Todd, adding that "at least one defendant claimed that he was financially crippled: Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, alt-right leader who is representing himself in this case without a lawyer."

Twelve jurors in the case were seated today — with a few candidates struck after they railed against Antifa "terrorists" and claimed that the only significant discrimination in the United States is against white people.

The "Unite the Right" rally, triggered in part by debate over whether to remove a controversial monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, resulted in street violence in Charlottesville and the death of paralegal Heather Heyer, who was hit in a vehicle-ramming attack while counterprotesting.

The event became a flashpoint for politics and race relations after former President Donald Trump suggested some of the demonstrators on the neo-Nazi side were "very fine people".

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Brian Todd says Charlottesville lawsuit is designed to "bankrupt" neo-Nazis