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Judge to rule on bid for Charlottesville anniversary rally

July 24, 2018

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.

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