CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — In a story March 24 about a riot during a Confederate monument protest, The Associated Press, based on information from The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, reported erroneously that four men indicted in the case were members of the Rise Against Movement. The group is named the Rise Above Movement.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Prosecutors slam ‘free speech’ argument in riot case
Prosecutors say two men indicted on federal riot charges in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville are not protected by the First Amendment
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say two men indicted on federal riot charges in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville are not protected by the First Amendment.
The Daily Progress reports that U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen made the argument in response to a motion to dismiss the indictment from lawyers for Benjamin Drake Daley and Michael Paul Miselis.
Daley, Miselis and two other members of the white supremacist Rise Above Movement were indicted in November on charges that include traveling from California to Charlottesville to incite, promote and participate in a riot before and during the rally in August 2017.
Defense lawyers say their actions were protected by the Constitution.
In his written response, Cullen said the case is “not about free speech or the right to assemble for political purposes.”