Good morning from Charlottesville. Jury in the "Unite the Right" civil trial is set to begin deliberations. But first, Judge Moon excuses an unvaccinated juror because of his children's exposure to COVID at school yesterday, and his subsequent exposure to them at home last night.
So, this case will be decided by 11 jurors. ICYMI, here's what happened with closing arguments yesterday:…
Judge Moon read his lengthy instructions to the jury and they've been sent now to start deliberating. There were a couple of questions sent to him from jurors. One asked whether she could keep her trial notes. Moon said it's fine. "Maybe she wants to write a book."
Judge Moon is back on the bench. He's telling the jury now they can take their instructions home with them but they can't discuss the case or read/watch any coverage of it. So, no verdict today in Charlottesville. Jury will return to continue deliberating at 9am Monday.

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21 Nov
There’s rightly been a lot of concern about and attention paid to the Russian military build-up around Ukraine, and a lot of takes — some good, some not so good, some provocative — including ~that~ Politico op-ed that says the US should shove Minsk down Kyiv’s throat...
I don’t like that for many reasons, not least b/c it denies Ukraine agency over its future, reinforces Russia’s false theory that US controls Kyiv, and, well, just wouldn’t be accepted by Ukrainians. It’s unrealistic. But the piece (…) did something good…
It triggered an important discussion about the controversial Minsk accords and the ~8-year war in Ukraine more broadly. Today I’ve been catching up on some excellent and thought provoking threads by very smart people on this matter. What follows is sort of a thread of threads.
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18 Nov
Mornin' from Charlottesville. Day 19/week 4. Big day here as closing arguments in Sines v Kessler, aka "Unite the Right" civil trial, set to begin. Plaintiffs get 2.5 hours to sum up their case to jury; defendants get 3.5 hours. Jury begins deliberations Friday. Yday thread below
Roberta Kaplan for the plaintiffs has started their closing argument.
Kaplan lays out their argument:
-The nature of the defendants’ conspiracy: who was in it, how it worked, how they communicated, what they did
-Defendants’ racial animus
-Defendants’ glorification of violence
-None of the defendants’ arguments work
-Plaintiffs and their damages
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17 Nov
Hello from Charlottesville and Judge Norman Moon's courtroom. It's day 18, week 4 of the "Unite the Right" civil trial. We are hearing the defense make their case, which should wrap up today. Closing arguments are agreed for tomorrow. Here's yday's thread:
The defense has called League of the South member Richard Hamblen to the stand. Video being played now. Hamblen is pointing out moments when counterprotesters shouted obscenities at white nationalist protesters. He claims they shouted threats.
DeAndre Harris appears in the video and we're seeing the scene in the parking garage in which Harris was badly beaten. Except the defense and Hamblen are trying to rewrite events and make it out like Harris and counterprotesters instigated the violence.
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16 Nov
Mornin'. It's day 17/week 4 of Sines v Kessler in Charlottesville. Defense will continue cross-examining Chris Cantwell, plaintiffs last witness. We should hear defense's case today. Closing arguments maybe tomorrow? Folks saying this is on track to wrap up Friday but we'll see.
Here's a thread from yesterday. Things got pretty rowdy in court:

And here's my summary of what went down for @BuzzFeedNews:…
We are now hearing neo-nazi Chris Cantwell cross-examine himself because he's defending himself in court (more on that:…)

Cantwell begins by asking the judge to clarify if he needs to actually ask himself questions and then answer them.
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15 Nov
Morning in Charlottesville, where day 16/week 4 of the Sines v Kessler civil trial will soon be underway. Defense will finish cross-examination of Jeff Schoep, ex-leader of National Socialist Movement. He and NSM are defendants in the case. Defense will then present its case.
The trial's tentative end date is Friday, Nov. 19, which might be possible if the defense needs only a couple of days to present its case and the jury is quick to render a verdict. Otherwise, we might see the "Unite the Right" trial spill into the fifth week.
Judge speaking about this with plaintiffs now, asking them to wrap up their case today if possible. Co-lead atty Roberta Kaplan says they plan to wrap up today and hope to finish the trial by Friday. Of course that'll depend a lot on the defense and their case.
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8 Nov
Wow. The Kyiv Post, one of the last English-language news outlets in the FSU and a place where many young foreign correspondents — myself included — cut their teeth, is closing. Supposedly temporarily. But I'm told journalists are emptying desks and leaving the office today.
Owner Adnan Kivan wants to "change" and "expand" the company and to create editions in English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Arabic (He's Syrian), he told the Odesa TV channel he also owns.…
One thing is clear, Kyiv Post has needed a facelift and a digital upgrade for a while. But I'm hearing from folks with knowledge of this shakeup that what Kivan might want is not only some "restructuring," but also what most media owners in Ukraine want: control over editorial.
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