The United States has a concept, which is called equal protection under the law. It is a beautiful legal theory, which suggests that the most odious, most hateful, most despicable member of society should be treated no differently in the courts and by the law than anyone else. Sadly, in practice, it rarely works out like that.
For the crime of assaulting the organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Jeffrey Winder was given a punishment of no time in prison and a minimal fine earlier today… One dollar, in fact. It almost seems like the jury decided that because they didn’t like the political standpoints of organizer Jason Kessler, it was okay for him to be physically assaulted.
To say that the Charlottesville protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee went awry would be a grave understatement.
What was meant to be a rally to protect an important piece of history, celebrating a man who took his defeat with humility, freed his slaves, and refused to continue an insurgent war against the Union Army turned into little more than a violent riot after ‘antifa’ counter prostestors showed up.
This is the same violent debacle that claimed the life of Heather Heyer, and where a number of other individuals were arrested for violence.
The day after this riot occurred, Jeffrey Winder found organizer Jason Kessler, and punched him in the face. For that assault, Winder was tried, and convicted, on misdemeanor assault charges, as the law requires. There was video and photo evidence of the sucker punch.
However, Winder appealed his sentence, as he did not want to spend thirty days in prison. This time, the case went in front of a jury. Once again, that jury found that he was guilty of misdemeanor assault.
When it came time to hand down a sentence, however, things changed.
The jury decided that Mr. Winder should serve no jail time, and should instead pay a $1 fine.
The maximum penalty in the city of Charlottesville for misdemeanor assault, such as the one he committed and was convicted for, is $2,500 in fines and a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
As with most charges, probation and court fees can also apply. Still, a $1 fine for assaulting another person is an astonishingly light sentence.
Winder attacked Kessler while he was attempting to give a news conference concerning what had happened the day before.
He moved in with a group of leftist protesters, who forced Kessler away from the microphones at the conference, and then he personally threw a looping punch that seemed to connect.
The assailant also denied that he threw the punch, despite being almost immediately identified as the “man who punched Kessler in the face” by local NBC29.
Winder excused his actions by saying that “he [Kessler] had an incredible amount of nerve” for daring to hold a news conference after he brought “pain, suffering, and terror” to the community.
So, apparently the jury verdict agreed… indicating it’s okay to assault someone if the general consensus is that he’s a ‘Nazi.’
Kessler, who was called as a witness at the trial, said that he was not physically injured, but that he did suffer emotional damage due to the punch and what followed. He said that he was attacked in front of the world, and that people then made fun of him for it.
Winder was among several people who had similarly assaulted the organizer of the rally, though he faced the most serious charges, and the other cases had been discharged either with suspended penalties or sentences consisting of community service.
However, it seems like this individual got an extremely light sentence for punching another person (on live TV, no less) because people didn’t like that person.
Just because someone is unlikeable, or because they say absurd things, that does not excuse violently assaulting them.
Many people realize that’s a capricious and absurd standard for deciding who is worthy of being protected under the law, although it does seem to be the kind of thing that the social justice ‘warrior’ left is enamored with.
Those jurors in Charlottesville had the opportunity to show that they would treat people equally, even someone they found as loathsome as Kessler.
Instead, they showed that they were fine with violence, as long as it was violence against the ‘right’ person.
At least Winder’s record will forever show his arrest, and conviction, on assault charges. Sadly, other than that, he seems to have escaped justice and still plans to appeal.