Teen Accused of Anti-Muslim Plot Tweeted Alt-Right Messages

One of the suspects in an alleged plot to attack a Muslim community used a Twitter account as a veritable encyclopedia of “alt-right” conspiracy theories interspersed with well-articulated anti-government, pro-Confederate, anti-immigrant and anti-gun-control rants.

The clearest window into some of the thinking that may explain an alleged terror plot against an upstate New York Muslim community comes from suspect Vincent Vetromile’s social media presence, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports. In a Twitter conversation just days before he and three others were arrested by police in the Rochester suburb of Greece, N.Y., Vetromile lamented that Americans seem unwilling to take up arms to protect their Second Amendment rights. A YouTube channel named “Rebel Crysel” that Vetromile ran with co-defendant Andrew Crysel under the nom de guerre “Robert Brutman” shows the pair shooting, unboxing and reviewing an array of rifles, airsoft, pellet and Nerf guns.

Vetromile’s Twitter account is a veritable encyclopedia of “alt-right” conspiracy theories interspersed with well-articulated anti-government, pro-Confederate, anti-immigrant and anti-gun-control rants, the newspaper reported. Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said there seem to be striking parallels between the content of Vetromile’s Twitter account and the social media presence of other recent “alt-right” terrorists. She noted social media use by accused Pennsylvania synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc, accused Toronto van attacker Alek Minassian and Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

from https://thecrimereport.org

White Supremacist Who Hoped For Race War Pleads Guilty To Murder

A self-avowed white racist who killed a homeless black man with a sword in 2017, pleaded guilty in New York City Wednesday. Authorities described the murder of Timothy Caughman, 66, who was collecting bottles for recycling,

Self-avowed racist James Jackson pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to killing a black man with a sword in 2017 as part of his plan to stop interracial relationships and express his hatred for black people, USA Today reports. Authorities described the murder of Timothy Caughman, 66, as a hate crime. Jackson killed the homeless man while Caughman was collecting bottles for recycling. Caughman is remembered as a kind neighbor, according to the Associated Press. He went to the police station after he was attacked before dying in a hospital.

Jackson now faces life in prison. He was 28 when he traveled from Baltimore to New York City to act and chose New York because it is the “media capitol of the world” and for its multicultural history, according to authorities. He called the killing a “practice run” in a 2017 interview and told authorities he had hated black men for at least a decade, though he did not mean to kill an elderly man. He was trying to kill “a young thug” or “a successful older black man with blondes … people you see in Midtown. These younger guys that put white girls on the wrong path.”Jackson will face sentencing on Feb. 13.

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Scouts Stockpiled Weapons To Target Muslim Enclave

Police recovered 23 legally owned shotguns and rifles, three improvised explosive devices and homemade bombs that appeared to be filled with black powder and nails, authorities said.

Authorities said a 16-year-old high school student and three young adults stockpiled 23 firearms and three homemade bombs as part of a plan to target the secluded Muslim enclave of Islamberg, about 150 miles northwest of New York City, The New York Times reports. It was unclear how all four of those charged were linked or how they initially connected, though at least three of the four were Boy Scouts, Greece’s police chief Patrick Phelan said. Two of them were Eagle Scouts.

Phelan said the four suspects had been planning their attack for about a month. They communicated on Discord, a group chat app created for video gamers that later became popular among far-right activists.

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Jury Seeks Life Plus 419 Years for White Nationalist

A jury urged a judge to impose the long sentence on James Alex Fields Jr., the Hitler admirer who killed a woman when he rammed his car into counterprotesters. Sentencing was set for March 29.

A jury called for a sentence of life in prison plus 419 years for James Alex Fields Jr., the Hitler admirer who killed a woman when he rammed his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, the Associated Press reports. The decision ended a trial laced with survivors’ anguished testimony and details of the driver’s long history of mental illness. It will be up to Judge Richard Moore to decide on the punishment at Fields’ sentencing March 29. Judges in Virginia often go along with the jury’s recommendation. Under state law, they can impose a shorter sentence but not a longer one. The jury urged a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and activist, and hundreds more years on nine counts involving injuries Fields caused to others and for leaving the scene of the crash.

The jury deliberated four hours. Fields, 21 drove to Virginia from Maumee, Oh., to support white nationalists at a “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 12, 2017. After police forced crowds to disband because of violent clashes between white nationalists and anti-racism demonstrators, he spotted protesters marching and singing. He stopped his car, backed up, then sped into the crowd, according to testimony from witnesses and video surveillance shown to jurors. Defense lawyer Denise Lunsford called Fields a “mentally compromised individual” and urged the jury to consider his history of mental problems. University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Murrie told jurors that although Fields was not insane at the time of the attack, he had inexplicable outbursts as a child, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 6, and was later found to have schizoid personality disorder.

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Two Ohioans Arrested in Alleged Terror Plots

A 21-year-old man inspired by the Pittsburgh synagogue killings was accused of planning to attack a Toledo synagogue. In an unrelated case, a woman was charged with stockpiling bomb materials and planning a mass killing at a Toledo bar.

An Ohio man accused of planning to attack a Toledo synagogue told undercover FBI agents he was inspired by Islamist propaganda and the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 people, reports USA Today. The murderous plot is the second to be thwarted in Ohio, say federal prosecutors, who on Monday detailed a separate, unrelated large-scale scheme in which a 23-year-old woman was charged with stockpiling bomb materials and planning a mass killing at a Toledo bar. The suspect in the Toledo synagogue plot told an undercover FBI agent that he appreciated the Pittsburgh assault. “I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually,” wrote Damon Joseph, 21. He added: “I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah,” he said, using the Arabic word for “God willing.”

A gunman shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October. Robert Bowers, a Pittsburgh man with social media ties to the white nationalist movement, has been charged with 44 counts of murder, firearms offenses and hate crimes. Joseph, of Holland, Oh., was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Police arrested him Friday after he took possession of two semi-automatic rifles to carry out the attack. Agents said Joseph, who used the name “Abdullah Ali Yusuf,” drew their attention by posting support of Islamic terrorists on social media accounts, including images from ISIS propaganda. Joseph told the agents he was deciding between two synagogues, depending on “which one will have the most people, what time and what day.” Agents quoted him as saying, “Go big or go home.” In the Toledo case, unrelated to Joseph’s alleged plot, authorities arrested Elizabeth Lecron, after they said she bought bomb-making materials as part of a terrorist attack.

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Ohio Neo-Nazi Convicted in Charlottesville Death

James Fields of Maumee, Oh., a supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent white-supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his car through counterprotesters.

James Fields of Maumee, Oh., an avowed supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent and chaotic white-supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his car through a crowd of counterprotesters, the Washington Post reports. A jury took seven hours to decide that Fields acted with premeditation when he backed up his 2010 Dodge Challenger and then roared it down a narrow downtown street crowded with counterprotesters. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 35 others were injured. Fields was also found guilty on eight counts of malicious wounding.

The deadly attack on Aug. 12, 2017, culminated a dark 24 hours in the quiet college town. It was marked by a menacing torchlight march through the University of Virginia campus the night before, with participants shouting racist and anti-Semitic insults, and wild street battles on the morning of the planned rally between white supremacists and those opposing their ideology. During the trial, Heyer’s deadly injuries were detailed and survivors of the crash described the chaos and their injuries. Fields’ attorneys argued that he drove the car not out of malice, rather out of fear for his own safety and confusion. They said he regretted his actions immediately, and pointed to his repeated professions of sorrow after his arrest and his uncontrollable sobbing when he learned of the injuries and death he had caused. Prosecutors said Fields was enraged when he drove 500 miles from Ohio to take part in the rally. Prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony showed a close-up of Fields in his car to rebut the idea he was frightened. “This is not the face of someone who is scared,” she said. “This is the face of anger, of hatred. It’s the face of malice.”

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New Jersey AG Assails ‘Harebrained’ Federal Immigration Policies

In a blunt talk to students and faculty at John Jay College, Gurbir Grewal said state attorneys-general have been critical to the struggle against “harebrained” federal efforts to criminalize immigrants over the past two years. But conservative federal court appointments will make things tougher, he warned.

State attorneys-general across the U.S. have served as a critical check so far on the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant initiatives—but their struggle may soon get tougher as federal court vacancies are filled by more conservative judges, an audience at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was told Monday.

Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey’s Attorney General, said he hoped the new Democratic majority elected to Congress in last month’s midterms would take up the task as the White House “packs the courts” with new judges closer to its ideological views.

Gurbir Grewal

New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. (Office of Attorney General / Tim Larsen)

In blunt remarks to faculty and students, Grewal said that state attorneys-general have frequently joined forces in the past two years to battle “harebrained” federal schemes, such as attempting to block visitors from some Muslim countries.

“When the Department of Justice stands down on its obligations, we stand up,” said Grewal, a former federal prosecutor who was appointed in January by New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phillip D. Murphy as the country’s first state attorney general of Sikh heritage.

New Jersey recently sent prosecutors to Texas to successfully battle an attempt in federal court there to repeal the status of “Dreamers”—young people who have been granted leave to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act.

But, Grewal added, efforts by attorneys-general to fight Trump initiatives in federal court are likely to become more difficult as the administration attempts to fill judicial vacancies at the district or appeal court levels with judges more favorable to its “ideological” point of view.

The hope is that the newly elected Democratic members of the House, who will be a majority when they take office in January, can act as a more effective brake on government initiatives and, in particular, counter the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming out of Washington, Grewal said.

“We have seen a president who has pitted communities against each other, put children in cages, demeaned the humanity (of immigrants)” by referring to them as thugs, and helped foster an atmosphere in which “bias and hate” could flourish, he said.

But Grewal also pointed out that he, like other state attorneys-general, was already moving from battling against the government to developing positive initiatives.

“We can start building models of what good government looks like,” he said, pointing to recent initiatives such as the Immigrant Trust Directive, announced last week, which ordered New Jersey law enforcement agencies to limit cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Grewal has also promised major reforms in police training, including violence de-escalation tactics, following a New Jersey newspaper investigation that uncovered a pattern of questionable use-of-force incidents by state law enforcement over the past five years.

See also: NJ Attorney General Grewal Promises ‘Wholesale Reform’ on Police Use of Force. 

The son of South Asian immigrants, Grewal says he takes the anti-immigrant rhetoric personally, having been the target of racist rhetoric during his legal career.

He recalled going into his law offices in Washington after the September 11th, 2001 attacks while a homeless man shouted “I found Bin Laden,” whenever Grewal walked by.

“I grew up in this country…and I checked every box. I was a soccer (dad), I drove a minivan,” he said to laughter.

“But I woke up one day to feel completely un-American.”

Lingering stereotypes of immigrants motivated his own career choices, Grewal said.

Grewal told the students that he had entered public service, after first considering a diplomatic career, to change people’s perceptions of him and others who looked like him.

Grewal, who served as prosecutor of Bergen County, the state’s most populous county, under then-Republican Gov. Chris Christie, developed programs designed to tackle the heroin and opioid crisis, such as “Operation Helping Hand,”which offers low-level drug offenders treatment options upon arrest.

Earlier, as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York and later, in New Jersey, Grewal led the successful prosecution of 12 men charged with providing material support to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, and the prosecution of major white collar and fraud cases.

The new rules under the Immigrant Trust Directive go into affect March 2019. They include:

For New Jersey Police Officers

  • Cannot stop, question, arrest, search, or detain any individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration status.
  • Cannot ask the immigration status of any individual, unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation.
  • Cannot participate in ICE’s civil immigration enforcement operations.
  • Cannot provide ICE with access to state or local law enforcement resources, including equipment, office space, databases, or property.

For New Jersey Correctional Officers 

  • Cannot allow ICE to interview individuals detained on criminal charges, unless the detainee is advised of his or her right to a lawyer and signs a written consent form.
  • Cannot continue to hold a detained individual arrested for a minor criminal offense, without certain prior convictions,

For New Jersey Prosecutors 

  • Cannot attack a witness’s credibility at trial based on his or her immigration status.
  • Cannot seek pretrial detention of an individual based solely on his or her immigration status.

Megan Hadley is a senior staff writer for The Crime Report. Readers’ comments are welcome.

from https://thecrimereport.org

New Jersey AG Assails ‘Harebrained’ Federal Immigration Policies

In a blunt talk to students and faculty at John Jay College, Gurbir Grewal said state attorneys-general have been critical to the struggle against “harebrained” federal efforts to criminalize immigrants over the past two years. But conservative federal court appointments will make things tougher, he warned.

State attorneys-general across the U.S. have served as a critical check so far on the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant initiatives—but their struggle may soon get tougher as federal court vacancies are filled by more conservative judges, an audience at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was told Monday.

Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey’s Attorney General, said he hoped the new Democratic majority elected to Congress in last month’s midterms would take up the task as the White House “packs the courts” with new judges closer to its ideological views.

Gurbir Grewal

New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. (Office of Attorney General / Tim Larsen)

In blunt remarks to faculty and students, Grewal said that state attorneys-general have frequently joined forces in the past two years to battle “harebrained” federal schemes, such as attempting to block visitors from some Muslim countries.

“When the Department of Justice stands down on its obligations, we stand up,” said Grewal, a former federal prosecutor who was appointed in January by New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phillip D. Murphy as the country’s first state attorney general of Sikh heritage.

New Jersey recently sent prosecutors to Texas to successfully battle an attempt in federal court there to repeal the status of “Dreamers”—young people who have been granted leave to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act.

But, Grewal added, efforts by attorneys-general to fight Trump initiatives in federal court are likely to become more difficult as the administration attempts to fill judicial vacancies at the district or appeal court levels with judges more favorable to its “ideological” point of view.

The hope is that the newly elected Democratic members of the House, who will be a majority when they take office in January, can act as a more effective brake on government initiatives and, in particular, counter the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming out of Washington, Grewal said.

“We have seen a president who has pitted communities against each other, put children in cages, demeaned the humanity (of immigrants)” by referring to them as thugs, and helped foster an atmosphere in which “bias and hate” could flourish, he said.

But Grewal also pointed out that he, like other state attorneys-general, was already moving from battling against the government to developing positive initiatives.

“We can start building models of what good government looks like,” he said, pointing to recent initiatives such as the Immigrant Trust Directive, announced last week, which ordered New Jersey law enforcement agencies to limit cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Grewal has also promised major reforms in police training, including violence de-escalation tactics, following a New Jersey newspaper investigation that uncovered a pattern of questionable use-of-force incidents by state law enforcement over the past five years.

See also: NJ Attorney General Grewal Promises ‘Wholesale Reform’ on Police Use of Force. 

The son of South Asian immigrants, Grewal says he takes the anti-immigrant rhetoric personally, having been the target of racist rhetoric during his legal career.

He recalled going into his law offices in Washington after the September 11th, 2001 attacks while a homeless man shouted “I found Bin Laden,” whenever Grewal walked by.

“I grew up in this country…and I checked every box. I was a soccer (dad), I drove a minivan,” he said to laughter.

“But I woke up one day to feel completely un-American.”

Lingering stereotypes of immigrants motivated his own career choices, Grewal said.

Grewal told the students that he had entered public service, after first considering a diplomatic career, to change people’s perceptions of him and others who looked like him.

Grewal, who served as prosecutor of Bergen County, the state’s most populous county, under then-Republican Gov. Chris Christie, developed programs designed to tackle the heroin and opioid crisis, such as “Operation Helping Hand,”which offers low-level drug offenders treatment options upon arrest.

Earlier, as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York and later, in New Jersey, Grewal led the successful prosecution of 12 men charged with providing material support to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, and the prosecution of major white collar and fraud cases.

The new rules under the Immigrant Trust Directive go into affect March 2019. They include:

For New Jersey Police Officers

  • Cannot stop, question, arrest, search, or detain any individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration status.
  • Cannot ask the immigration status of any individual, unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation.
  • Cannot participate in ICE’s civil immigration enforcement operations.
  • Cannot provide ICE with access to state or local law enforcement resources, including equipment, office space, databases, or property.

For New Jersey Correctional Officers 

  • Cannot allow ICE to interview individuals detained on criminal charges, unless the detainee is advised of his or her right to a lawyer and signs a written consent form.
  • Cannot continue to hold a detained individual arrested for a minor criminal offense, without certain prior convictions,

For New Jersey Prosecutors 

  • Cannot attack a witness’s credibility at trial based on his or her immigration status.
  • Cannot seek pretrial detention of an individual based solely on his or her immigration status.

Megan Hadley is a senior staff writer for The Crime Report. Readers’ comments are welcome.

Conservative Judges Imperil Fight Against Trump Immigrant Policies: New Jersey AG

In a blunt talk to students and faculty at John Jay College, Gurbir Grewal said state attorneys-general have been critical to the struggle against “harebrained” federal efforts to criminalize immigrants over the past two years. But conservative federal court appointments will make things tougher, he warned.

State attorneys-general across the U.S. have served as a critical check so far on the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant initiatives—but their struggle may soon get tougher as federal court vacancies are filled by more conservative judges, an audience at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was told Monday.

Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey’s Attorney General, said he hoped the new Democratic majority elected to Congress in last month’s midterms would take up the task as the White House “packs the courts” with new judges closer to its ideological views.

Gurbir Grewal

New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. (Office of Attorney General / Tim Larsen)

In blunt remarks to faculty and students, Grewal said that state attorneys-general have frequently joined forces in the past two years to battle “harebrained” federal schemes, such as attempting to block visitors from some Muslim countries.

“When the Department of Justice stands down on its obligations, we stand up,” said Grewal, a former federal prosecutor who was appointed in January by New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phillip D. Murphy as the country’s first state attorney general of Sikh heritage.

New Jersey recently sent prosecutors to Texas to successfully battle an attempt in federal court there to repeal the status of “Dreamers”—young people who have been granted leave to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act.

But, Grewal added, efforts by attorneys-general to fight Trump initiatives in federal court are likely to become more difficult as the administration attempts to fill judicial vacancies at the district or appeal court levels with judges more favorable to its “ideological” point of view.

The hope is that the newly elected Democratic members of the House, who will be a majority when they take office in January, can act as a more effective brake on government initiatives and, in particular, counter the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming out of Washington, Grewal said.

“We have seen a president who has pitted communities against each other, put children in cages, demeaned the humanity (of immigrants)” by referring to them as thugs, and helped foster an atmosphere in which “bias and hate” could flourish, he said.

But Grewal also pointed out that he, like other state attorneys-general, was already moving from battling against the government to developing positive initiatives.

“We can start building models of what good government looks like,” he said, pointing to recent initiatives such as the Immigrant Trust Directive, announced last week, which ordered New Jersey law enforcement agencies to limit cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Grewal has also promised major reforms in police training, including violence de-escalation tactics, following a New Jersey newspaper investigation that uncovered a pattern of questionable use-of-force incidents by state law enforcement over the past five years.

See also: NJ Attorney General Grewal Promises ‘Wholesale Reform’ on Police Use of Force. 

The son of South Asian immigrants, Grewal says he takes the anti-immigrant rhetoric personally, having been the target of racist rhetoric during his legal career.

He recalled going into his law offices in Washington after the September 11th, 2001 attacks while a homeless man shouted “I found Bin Laden,” whenever Grewal walked by.

“I grew up in this country…and I checked every box. I was a soccer (dad), I drove a minivan,” he said to laughter.

“But I woke up one day to feel completely un-American.”

Lingering stereotypes of immigrants motivated his own career choices, Grewal said.

Grewal told the students that he had entered public service, after first considering a diplomatic career, to change people’s perceptions of him and others who looked like him.

Grewal, who served as prosecutor of Bergen County, the state’s most populous county, under then-Republican Gov. Chris Christie, developed programs designed to tackle the heroin and opioid crisis, such as “Operation Helping Hand,”which offers low-level drug offenders treatment options upon arrest.

Earlier, as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York and later, in New Jersey, Grewal led the successful prosecution of 12 men charged with providing material support to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, and the prosecution of major white collar and fraud cases.

The new rules under the Immigrant Trust Directive go into affect March 2019. They include:

For New Jersey Police Officers

  • Cannot stop, question, arrest, search, or detain any individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration status.
  • Cannot ask the immigration status of any individual, unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation.
  • Cannot participate in ICE’s civil immigration enforcement operations.
  • Cannot provide ICE with access to state or local law enforcement resources, including equipment, office space, databases, or property.

For New Jersey Correctional Officers 

  • Cannot allow ICE to interview individuals detained on criminal charges, unless the detainee is advised of his or her right to a lawyer and signs a written consent form.
  • Cannot continue to hold a detained individual arrested for a minor criminal offense, without certain prior convictions,

For New Jersey Prosecutors 

  • Cannot attack a witness’s credibility at trial based on his or her immigration status.
  • Cannot seek pretrial detention of an individual based solely on his or her immigration status.

Megan Hadley is a senior staff writer for The Crime Report. Readers’ comments are welcome.

from https://thecrimereport.org

Can Impartial Jury Be Found in Charlottesville Hate Trial?

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of James Alex Fields, Jr., the man accused of ramming his car through a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The defense says Fields can’t get a fair trial in the city.

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of the man accused of ramming his car through a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last year, NPR reports James Alex Fields, Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer, and faces additional charges of malicious wounding. When the August 12, 2017 “Unite the Right” rally erupted in violence, Star Peterson was with a multi-racial group of counter-protesters marching downtown. She didn’t see the gray Dodge Challenger coming from behind, accelerating down a hill on a narrow one-way street. “I just heard three bumps,” she recalls. “Two of them were his left tires going over my leg.” Peterson, 38, who plans to testify, now uses a cane for walking. She’s had five surgeries and has not been able to go back to work due to the severity of her injuries.

“I need to do something for Heather other than just lay flowers at her grave and if I can be part of prosecuting the person who killed her then that’s something I can do for her memory,” says Peterson. Authorities say Fields, a 21-year old white man from Ohio, deliberately plowed his car into the anti-racist demonstration and say he had earlier participated in the rally with chants promoting white supremacy. Defense attorney Denise Lunsford wants the trial moved outside of Charlottesville, arguing the impact of the event on local residents and widespread publicity will prevent Fields from getting a fair trial.  Court Judge Richard Moore says if an impartial jury cannot be found from the large jury pool of 360 people, he will revisit the matter.

from https://thecrimereport.org