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Charlottesville rally leaders under legal fire as residents aim to stop future violence

Charlottesville rally leaders under legal fire as residents aim to stop future violence

Charlottesville, Virginia, residents, business leaders and elected officials went to court on Thursday to try to prevent a repeat of the violence at a white-nationalist rally this summer that rocked the small university town.

The legal response from the local community, including from individuals injured during the confrontations, comes as officials from Boston to Berkeley, California, are looking for ways to avoid similar clashes at political protests.

Two filings - one in federal court, and the other in state court - target Unite the Right rally leaders and organizers, including white nationalists Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler and Matthew Heimbach.

The federal...

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