Judge to rule on bid for Charlottesville anniversary rally
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An organizer of last summer’s deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia is seeking a court order allowing him to stage an event marking its anniversary.
U.S. District Judge Norman Moon scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Jason Kessler’s request for a preliminary injunction that would compel the city of Charlottesville to issue him a rally permit for next month.
Kessler sued in March, claiming the city’s refusal to grant him a permit tramples on his free speech rights under the First Amendment.
City attorneys say Kessler can’t be trusted to cooperate with police to stage a peaceful event.
Hundreds of white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally before a car plowed into a crowd of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.