Jurisdiction At The Heart Of Charlottesville Defamation Case

Law360 (November 21, 2019, 4:16 PM EST) -- All eyes were on Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017, as counterprotesters gathered in opposition to the Unite the Right rally organized by various white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. Ostensibly, the rally sought to protest the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park, and to change the name of the park from Lee Park to Emancipation Park.

Local as the rally may have been, the rally was part of a larger national conversation about race relations and confronting the South’s uncomfortable Confederate and slave-owning past. Brennan Gilmore was among the many...

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