Here's why the $26 million judgment against Charlottesville defendants may be hard to recover
Matthew Heimbach, the leader of the now-defunct Traditionalist Workers Party. Image via screengrab.

A jury awarded $26 million in damages to nine people who sued the white nationalist organizers of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally, but they may not recover much of that penalty.

Many of the defendants are currently in prison or gone into hiding, and most of them insist they'll never have enough money to pay off the judgments against them, reported Politico.

"I have no assets," said neo-Nazi said Matthew Heimbach. "I have no property. You can't get blood from a stone."

Heimbach co-founded the far-right Traditionalist Worker Party with co-defendant Matthew Parrott, but their neo-Nazi group fell apart after Heimbach allegedly assaulted Parrott, who was his wife's stepfather, in an argument over Heimbach's alleged affair with Parrott's wife.

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Richard Spencer, who was for a time the most famous white nationalist in the country, told a judge that notoriety had become a "huge burden" and made it impossible to raise money for his legal defense, and he has tried to distance himself from the "dysfunctional" alt-right movement he helped popularize.

Two of the defendants, Andrew Anglin and Robert "Azzmador" Ray, have basically disappeared and have already been ignoring court orders and judgments in other lawsuits against them.

Another pair of defendants have been sentenced to prison.

James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced to life on murder and hate crimes for intentionally running his car into counterprotesters at the Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and Christopher Cantwell, the so-called "crying Nazi," was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in federal prison for threatening to rape the wife of a man he believed was harassing him.