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Charlottesville Rioters Rejected by Supreme Court on Convictions

June 14, 2021, 1:41 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals by two members of a white supremacist group convicted under a federal anti-riot law for attacking counter-protesters during the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The men, Michael Paul Miselis and Benjamin Drake Daley, argued unsuccessfully that the 1968 Anti-Riot Act violates the Constitution by punishing protected speech. A federal appeals court said part of the law was unconstitutional but left the convictions intact.

The Supreme Court made no comment in rejecting the appeals as part of a list of orders released Monday.

In upholding the convictions, 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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