The use of bigoted slurs was an unsuccessful trial tactic by defendants who were found guilty on Tuesday by a civil jury in Charlottesville.
Racism and anti-Semitism were at the heart of the 2017 rally that sought to unify the most extreme elements in the Republican party.
"Listening in on the public access line, the men knew, were followers from all over the country. One day, neo-Nazis on far-right chat rooms celebrated after people listening in somehow unmuted themselves during the trial's afternoon break and trolled the court, saying the n-word numerous times and declaring, 'Make America great again.' Even some of the defendants' lawyers embraced the racist rhetoric. Within earshot of [Roberta] Kaplan, who is Jewish and wore a Star of David necklace throughout the trial, defense attorney Joshua Smith repeatedly used the word 'k*ke' in hopes that it would 'desensitize' the jury," The Washington Post reported. "His tactic failed, it seems. Smith's three clients alone were ordered to pay more than $2 million in damages."
After winning more than $25 million in damages, Kaplan reflected on her Star of David necklace.
"I intend to wear that Star of David every day for the rest of my life," she posted to Twitter.
"Within earshot of Kaplan, who is Jewish and wore a Star of David necklace throughout the trial, defense attorney Joshua Smith repeatedly used the word \u201ck---\u201d in hopes that it would \u201cdesensitize\u201d the jury. His tactic failed, it seems."https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/11/23/charlottesville-verdict-live-updates/\u00a0\u2026— Robbie Kaplan (@Robbie Kaplan) 1637755295
I intend to wear that Star of David every day for the rest of my life. @deborahlipstadt— Robbie Kaplan (@Robbie Kaplan) 1637755428
Our hope and prayers for a new day for the people of Charlottesville, who welcomed us with open arms, supported our plaintiffs and team, and put up with us during five weeks of trial in federal court against the conspirators responsible for Unite the Right. \u2066@KaplanHecker\u2069pic.twitter.com/H1agVcPgpb— Robbie Kaplan (@Robbie Kaplan) 1637756660
Yesterday, we got a verdict from a jury of our clients' peers. That verdict means that facts matter, the law matters, and that this country will not tolerate conspiracies to commit racially-motivated violence. Period. Full stop.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/23/us/charlottesville-rally-verdict.html?smid=tw-share\u00a0\u2026— Robbie Kaplan (@Robbie Kaplan) 1637751867