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Old 06 September 2018, 06:43 PM
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Default Jury Fines Man $1 For Punching Charlottesville Rally Organizer

For the crime of striking "Unite the Right" organizer Jason Kessler, a Charlottesville, Va., jury says Jeffrey Winder must pay a fine of $1 — far short of the maximum possible penalty. Winder had appealed his original guilty finding, which included a 30-day jail sentence.

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I understand the appeal, but I disagree with the verdict. Winder committed assault according to the law and should be punished accordingly. If Kessler's words constituted "fighting words" then Winder should be found not guilty on those grounds, but finding someone guilty and then imposing a token penalty is a bad idea.

ETA: If nothing else, it can encourage various levels of vigilantism against unpopular figures and it is in a similar mindset as those that root for child molesters and rapists to be raped in prison as further punishment. Extra-judicial punishments are almost always a bad idea as they are, by definition, uncontrollable and undirected.
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When you punch a Nazi, you need to put your contribution into the swear jar, like everyone else!


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I feel slightly better that it was the jury who set the fine. If it were a judge, that would be far more worrisome to me.
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