September 5, 2018 10:58 am

Man fined $1 for punching Charlottesville white nationalist rally organizer

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A Virginia man convicted of an assault against the organizer of last summer’s violent white nationalist rally during a news conference has been handed a $1 fine.

Prosecutors said Jeffrey Winder could be seen on video punching Jason Kessler, who was mobbed after he attempted to hold a news conference on the day after violence erupted in Charlottesville.

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The Daily Progress reports Winder was found guilty of misdemeanour assault and battery for a second time during an appeal trial Tuesday.

The jury could have sentenced Winder to up to 12 months of jail time and $2,500 in fines. They decided to give him a $1 fine with no jail time.

The newspaper reports that a couple of jurors could be seen tearing up as their verdict was read.

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