Wednesday, May 02, 2018

White Supremacist Found Guilty in Beating of Charlottesville Counterprotester

A jury has convicted Jacob Scott Goodwin of malicious wounding after he was caught on film beating DeAndre Harris while brandishing a large shield and wearing a tactical helmet.

The trial studiously avoided discussing race -- for example, the fact that Goodwin was wearing an "88" pin (alluding to Heil Hitler) and another with the insignia of a White nationalist party -- until the very end, where Goodwin's defense attorney told the jury "They want you to convict this man because he’s white, and DeAndre is a black man."

The argument -- as well as Goodwin's claim that he was acting in self-defense when he broke Harris' arm and injured his spine while kicking him repeatedly on the ground -- apparently didn't sway the jury, which recommended a 10 year prison sentence.

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