Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally organizer indicted for perjury
White nationalist blogger Jason Kessler — who organized the deadly “Unite the Right” gathering of piss-gargling neo-Nazis in Charlottesville — was indicted Tuesday in Albemarle County court on one felony charge of perjury.
The charge dates back to an incident in January when Kessler was gathering signatures in downtown Charlottesville to remove the city’s black Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy. According to a local named James Taylor, Kessler handed him a petition clipboard, which Taylor promptly handed back while lobbing some choice curse words. Kessler proceeded to punch Taylor in the face.
Kessler originally claimed to be the victim and tried to bring assault charges against Taylor, but a court dropped the case in March and instead pursued assault charges against Kessler, who pleaded guilty in April. “People like James have been using the liberal nature of this city to really mess with me,” Kessler said at the time. He was sentenced in May to 50 hours of community service.
Kessler’s perjury indictment is for his sworn statement in January, which claimed that Taylor headbutted Kessler while screaming an obscenity. Video disproved this account. Kessler faces up to a $2,500 fine and a possible sentence of one to 10 years in prison. Bellamy remains in office.